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Course of Our Times, The; Irish And Other British Dilemmas, The


Original date 12/11/78. Dubbed from A2-02437.

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Course of Our Times, The
Irish And Other British Dilemmas, The
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Britain’s postwar dilemma came from its almost hopeless struggle to remain a great power without the leverage of great power resources. Harold MacMillian had wrestled with the problem, but neither his tinkering with the economy nor his diplomatic summitry had much influence. The general election of 1964 brought back a Labor Government with Harold Wilson, the youngest Prime Minister of the century, but he too, with all his dynamism and political sagacity, was little more successful. Britain was an exhausted land that could no longer cope with the giants of the post war world. When Wilson visited the White House inn 1968, it was a faux pas for the band to play ‘I’ve Got Plenty Of Nuthin’ but the chosen piece, pointed up a disconcerting truth that had transformed the world’s power balance.”



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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; Irish And Other British Dilemmas, The,” 12/11/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1181247747C84D6C9E173248F9EFEBD5.
MLA: “Course of Our Times, The; Irish And Other British Dilemmas, The.” 12/11/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1181247747C84D6C9E173248F9EFEBD5>.
APA: Course of Our Times, The; Irish And Other British Dilemmas, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1181247747C84D6C9E173248F9EFEBD5
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