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 The Golden Talking Shop
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The Golden Talking Shop

The story of Britain - and the world – from 1896 to 1956 as seen from the perspective of the debates of the Oxford Union, the world's most famous debating society. By turn shocking, vivid and wittily amusing: the students do most of the talking, revealing the changing preoccupations, prejudices, and assumptions of their changing times. Sometimes their debates had important repercussions in the wider world - such as the notorious 'King and Country' debate of 1933 which made headlines around the globe and which Winston Churchill described as that 'abject, squalid, shameless avowal’. More often than not, the debates had merely a local impact, even if among the debaters were many of the leaders, thinkers, and opinion formers of the future, figures such as Harold Macmillan, Archbishop Temple, Edward Heath, and Tony Benn. Browsing these debates gives the reader a vivid, sometimes piquant, sense of a Britain which is now passing from living memory - and serves as a powerful reminder of the ways in which the past and its attitudes really are a foreign country.

Hardback, 674 pages.
9 ½” x 6 ¼”.
£25.00
Code: 20628

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