Why did the Industrial Revolution happen here?
Why was Britain the first country to industrialise and why did it begin in the 18th century?
This documentary, presented by Jeremy Black, tries to find the answer in coal and “entrepreneurial spirit”—but it’s still interesting.
View it on BBC iplayer here
Capital, John Lanchester
This acclaimed novel is now out in paperback.
It reflects financial-crash London as the increasingly polarised society that it is.
Where did all the comrades go?
The Communist Party of Great Britain disbanded in 1991, decades after abandoning the goals of revolution and real socialism.
This documentary aims to trace the way that, freed from the association with Stalin and the failed Soviet system, ex-communists began to move into the mainstream.
It looks at some of the organisations they set up.