The Pride and the Fall: The Dream and Illusion of Britain As a Great Nation

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The seeds of Britain's postwar economic decline, according to this blistering indictment, were planted during World War II. The country's wartime establishment"latterday White Knights" deluded by their own patriotic rhetoricneglected to modernize traditional industries. Chapters on the coal, steel, shipbuilding and aircraft industries tella dismal tale of old equipment, outdated organizational methods, inefficient control systems and overdependence on the U.S. German industry actually performed better during the war than Britain's sagging industrial machine, the author maintains. Barnett ( The Desert Generals, etc.) lambasts modern Britain's professional training system, which he deems incapable of producing skilled, motivated workersfrom boardroom to shop floor. He also blames overcrowded, unsanitary working-class housing for moral decline. While he offers few practical solutions, his slashing critique makes compelling reading.
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World War II is the primary reference point in this well-researched study of Britain's fall from power. The war masked chronic economic problems while simultaneously fueling national plans for comprehensive social welfare programs. Barnett maintains that finite North Sea oil reserves now represent the sole barrier between Britian and total economic collapse. His scathing critique of governmental and industrial myopia is supported by massive statistical data. Though he sometimes gets swept away by his own rhetoric (e.g., "a segregated, subliterate, unskilled, unhealthy and institutionalized proletariat hanging on the nipple of state maternalism"), this is an important book for most public and academic libraries. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll. Lib., Burlington, Vt.
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