1913: The Year Before

1913: The Year Before

The forgotten history of Britain before the First World War, with Michael Portillo.

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before Omnibus 2 (21.6.13)

    Fri, 21 Jun 13

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Michael Portillo explores the cultural, political and economic upheaval forgotten in the familiar images of Edwardian and Georgian calm before the brutal shock of the Great War.

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before: ep 10 The Great Change (tx 21.6.13)

    Fri, 21 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the final programme Michael talks to a number of historians about the turmoil of the pre-war years, why they've been painted as innocent and untroubled and what it was that created the tensions running in almost every walk of British life.

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before: ep 9 The Empire (tx 20.6.13)

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    There's now a vivid understanding of the price in war dead, paid by India, Canada, Australia and South Africa amongst others. It put a huge strain on relations with the mother country. But Michael discovers, the tensions were already well matured by 1913, in spite of the flag waving of Empire Day and the spectacular celebrations of the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before: ep 8 Politics and the Tory Gamble (tx 19.6.13)

    Wed, 19 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Michael turns his attention to the Tories of the day, the party that appeared to be dicing with political death as tensions over Home Rule in Ireland turned from potential to reality. The ambitions and manoeuvring of their leader Andrew Bonar Law make sobering reading for a former Tory politician

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before – ep 7 Poverty (tx 18.6.13)

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the seventh programme in the series Michael explores the pre-war attitudes to poverty, both in town and country.

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  • R4 1913: The Year Before: ep 6 Labour Relations & the Triple Alliance (tx 17.6.13)

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The familiar high-water mark of Industrial unrest in Britain is usually understood to be the General Strike of 1926. In fact the ten year period leading up to the First World War saw a wave of industrial strife with thousands of days labour lost and a growing feeling, on the part of the workers, that their voice could and would be heard.

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  • R4 1913 The Year Before: Omnibus of week 1

    Fri, 14 Jun 13

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Michael Portillo explores the cultural, political and economic upheaval forgotten in the familiar images of Edwardian and Georgian calm before the brutal shock of the Great War.

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  • R4 1913 The Year Before: ep 5 Cultural Upheaval (tx 14.6.13)

    Fri, 14 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the fifth programme in the series Michael Portillo tackles the familiar idea that the angularity and a-tonal hallmarks of modernism in the arts and culture were a reaction to the shock and savagery of the slaughter in the trenches.

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  • R4 1913 The Year Before: ep 4 The Tides of War (tx 13.6.13)

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the fourth programme Michael Portillo tackles the abiding image of Britain's lack of preparedness for the Great War

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  • R41913 The Year Before: – ep 3 The Irish Question (tx 12.6.13)

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War – the third programme looks at the Irish Question - Ulster

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