Originally Posted by Jeremy Hopes
With the exception of the Civil War British Society seems to have met challenges by adapting and changing painfully slowly!
Well, the CW was a pretty big deal, and my sense is that it remained in the back of folks' minds for the next century at least.
I think it's left something of a fear of sudden change in the British and this is reflected in our science fiction.
I suspect that a part of it is that British history is full of sudden (or sudden-ish) changes that scared the hell out of everyone. A history of being invaded and conquered and abandoned, a history of swapping religions, of plagues, of epidemics, then the civil war, then kings with heads lopped off, then restorations, then the '15 and the '45, and a century of WOULD EVERYONE JUST CHILL
during which everyone did NOT chill and they kept with all those bloody scientific advancements, then the 19th century which rightly scared the shit out of everyone, then WWI, which scared them even worse, and then, and then....