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Colin Brown is author of the acclaimed history Whitehall: The Street That Shaped a Nation. Formerly political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Independent on Sunday, deputy political editor of the Independent, and correspondent for the Guardian, he covered breaking news in Downing Street and Westminster for over 30 years. He lives in London.
10 defining events in British History, we take them for granted – the Suffrage movement, Abolition, the Armada and Waterloo but what do we really know about them? Is the version we have the true one or is it a polished and buffed-up misty-eyed looking back on past glory? Well, according to Colin Brown it’s a mix of the two, his delving in the archives reveals some surprising views on these key events, that the text-book version is not always right. Due to his use of archive material, reports and personal records from the time, Colin Brown has written an insightful and well-rounded view of 10 key events.Like for Like ReadingThe Interesting Bits: The History you might have missed, Justin PollardHow England Made the English, Harry Mount
1215: The Magna Carta. 1415: Henry V. 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada. 1688: The Bill of Rights. 1815: Waterloo. 1833: Abolition of the slave trade. 1928: Women's suffrage. 1940: Dunkirk and Churchill's last stand. 1945: Creation of the welfare state. 1982: Falklands War. Was the longbow behind the victory at Agincourt, or was it just that the English are better in mud? Did Queen Elizabeth I know the Armada had capitulated when she drafted one of history's most inspiring speeches? Where did Wellington meet his Waterloo? Were the Falklands testament to Mrs Thatcher's steel or a grasping, imperial folly?