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New biographies of Churchill and de Gaulle dominate

Winston Churchill defined imperial Britain

Winston Churchill defined imperial Britain

Who are we really? In The Rise and Fall of the British Nation (Allen Lane), David Edgerton re-writes the history of our 20th century. He argues that the British “nation” only came into being after the Second World War, when it stopped being a cosmopolitan empire and confined itself to its own borders, embarking on a period of industrial dynamism that ended with the miners’ strike in 1984.

The personality who best embodies old imperial Britain is Winston…

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