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The Great British RebootHow the UK Can Thrive in a Turbulent World$
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Alex Brummer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243499

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243499.001.0001

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Brave New World

Brave New World

(p.26) Chapter Two Brave New World
The Great British Reboot

Alex Brummer

Yale University Press

This chapter mentions Aldous Huxley, who wrote the Brave New World after the upheaval of the First World War and before the terrors of the Second World War. It highlights Huxley's contemplation of revolutionary change that captured what he sensed as deep-seated changes in the national feeling, along with the questioning of long-held social and moral assumptions. It also discusses the economic shockwave delivered by the coronavirus, which caused an unprecedented loss of output from the month before lockdown to April 2020 when most of the economy was shut and threatened the highest level of unemployment in a century. The chapter explores the EU and the seventeen members of the eurozone that were considered not in the best of shape long before the coronavirus added to the dislocation. It talks about the membership of the euro that had delivered economic chaos, hardship and political turmoil in Greece.

Keywords:   Aldous Huxley, First World War, Second World War, revolutionary change, economic shockwave, coronavirus

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