David Edgerton is Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology at King’s College London. He is the author of many works including England and the Aeroplane (Penguin), Warfare State: Britain 1920-1970 (Cambridge) and The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Profile Books) translated into French as Quoi de Neuf? (Seuil). His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: a Twentieth-century History (Penguin).