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After the Victorians : the decline of Britain in the world

Author: A N Wilson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In After the Victorians, A.N Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s. He offers accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Russian Revolution. He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. And he casts a bright new light on the World War II years. Britain  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A N Wilson
ISBN: 0374101981 9780374101985
OCLC Number: 61204468
Notes: "Originally published in 2005 by Hutchinson, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 609 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus Kaiser --
Rupees and virgins --
The land --
The accursed power --
Love in the suburbs --
God --
and the Americans --
Nationalisms --
Shipwreck --
An Asiatic power --
Barbarous kings --
Revolutions --
Chief --
Peace --
Protons --
Massacres --
Bombs, Ireland and Iraq --
Communist and Fascism --
the allure of violence --
The silly generation --
from Oswald Spengler to Noël Coward --
The means of grace and the hope of glory --
The secrets of a woman's heart --
Marie Stopes, Radclyffe Hall --
For the benefit of empire --
The ABC of economics --
Puzzles and pastoral --
Two thousand whispered voices --
Politics --
The abdication --
The European crisis --
The special relationship I --
Churchill in 1940 --
From the Battle of Britain to Pearl Harbor --
Bombers and the bombed --
In the broadcast --
The special relationship II --
Prisoners --
If God wearied of mankind --
Retributions --
The end of the British Empire --
India and Palestine --
Widmerpool's Britain --
The hereditary principle.
Responsibility: A.N. Wilson.
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"In After the Victorians, A.N Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s. He offers accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Russian Revolution. He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. And he casts a bright new light on the World War II years. Britain played a central role in defeating Germany, but at a severe cost: the nation would emerge from the war bankrupt and fatally weakened, cut off from world politics, while America would assume the mantle of dominant global power, facing off against the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Wilson's perspective is not confined to the trenches of the battlefield and the halls of Parliament: he also examines the parallel story of the beginnings of Modernism, considering the novelists, philosophers, poets, and painters of the time to see what they reveal about the activities of politicians, scientists, and generals." "Blending military, political, social, and cultural history of the most dramatic kind, A.N. Wilson offers a portrait of the decline of one of history's great powers. The result is an account of the birth pangs of the modern world, as well as a timely analysis of imperialism and its discontents."--Jacket.

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