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2/2 Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War.
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Michael Portillo talks to a number of historians about the turmoil of the pre-war years.
Michael explores the tensions that existed before 1914 between the Empire and its colonies
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Michael examines the Tories of the day, who appeared to be dicing with political death.
Michael Portillo explores the pre-war attitudes to poverty, both in town and country.
Michael challenges the notion that industrial unrest began with the General Strike of 1926
1/2 Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War.
Michael challenges the idea that modernism was a reaction to the shock and savagery of WWI
Michael tackles the abiding image of Britain's lack of preparedness for the Great War.
Michael challenges the idea that Irish rebellion started with the Easter Rising of 1916.
Michael Portillo explores the depth and urgency of the pre-war campaign for women's votes.
Michael Portillo samples the atmosphere of June 1913.