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The Rest Is History: 5. 1981


Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present.

November 09,2020

As a new series of The Crown arrives on Netflix, returning viewers to the 1980s, we look back to the year many Britons consider the worst in living memory.

Rocketing unemployment, riots in major cities and a country governed by the most divisive prime minister in post war British history made 1981 a year to forget.

Amidst the gloom was the wedding of Charles and Diana and the greatest fightback for the Ashes, English cricket fans had ever seen.

So what can we learn from a closer analysis of 1981?

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