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This Sceptred Isle

The Twentieth Century 1939-1959
Narrated by: Anna Massey, Robert Powell
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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Here is the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series of the story of Britain, from the start of the 20th century to the present day. Christopher Lee's history of Britain, This Sceptred Isle, provided the definitive radio account of the British nation form the arrival of Julius Caesar to the death of Queen Victoria.

This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century continues the story, taking us through decades of whirlwind change and technological advancement in a diverse and colourful country on the brink of a new millennium.

Volume 3, covering the years 1939-1959, takes a global perspective. Following the horrors of the Second World War, which culminated with the horrific bombing of Hiroshima and the onset of the Cold War, came the beginnings of popular culture: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and the Mini.

©1999 BBC Audiobooks Ltd. (P)1999 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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