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How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

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However, people were also forced to enlist. Sometimes local leaders were given a quota of men they had to fill and there are examples of men who were literally kidnapped and taken away to join the army. So did Britain really stand alone against Nazi Germany? How much did the empire contribute to allied victory? And did that contribution cause the empire to crumble after the second world war? If you do nothing, you will be auto-enrolled in our premium digital monthly subscription plan and retain complete access for 65 € per month. People chose to join up and fight for many different reasons. Some volunteered out of loyalty to the British crown, others joined seeking adventure or to see new places, and some simply seeking financial reward. The Cost of Living Crisis Byline Times investigates the causes and consequences of Britain’s biggest recession for 30 years

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At the other end of the world, Australia, once thought to be a land of sheep farmers, has taken to building heavy guns. In South Africa, land of gold fields and farmers, they developed a steel industry it produced armored cars. The pressure of war has brought to India the expansion of heavy industries. Steel mills, engineering plants, all bent towards the final destruction of the axis partnership.

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Germany had disturbed the delicate balance of power in Europe. France, fearing this new empire on their doorstep, allied with Russia in the east. An unlikely friendship for two of Europe's most ideologically opposed nations. That then left Germany feeling surrounded and pushed them to form an alliance with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and to a lesser extent Italy. Finally, Britain and its empire, afraid of German domination on the continent, drifted closer to France and Russia, though without going as far as forming an alliance. Identity, Empire and the Culture War Byline Times explores the weaponisation of Britain’s past as a key tool in a dark project of division and distraction Cronyism and Corruption Byline Times uncovers the nepotism that greases the wheels of British politics. Archive Clip: "This is Britain's colonial empire two and a half million square miles from the Antarctic to the tropics with dependencies in every continent and every ocean."

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Alongside the collaboration between Britain and its Empire, there was also exploitation. There was also racism and prejudice against these people that had given up so much to fight and work for Britain. These are stories that shouldn't be forgotten and do also need to be highlighted when we talk about Britain and its Empire. We have some amazing photographs in the collection which show just the huge variety and diversity of people that were coming from across the British Empire to work in Britain's factories and Britain really really needed that manpower. Of course it also mobilized women to work in the factories and on the land, but it also needed as many people as it possibly could so that production could ramp up as much as possible.Archive Clip: "People from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, reporters, from the West Indies they're being taught side by side with English men and women to operate all the latest types of machinery in the united effort to beat Hitler and his gang."

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