The age of decadence : a history of Britain : 1880-1914 (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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The age of decadence : a history of Britain : 1880-1914

Author: Simon Heffer
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books cloth editionView all editions and formats
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"The folk memory of Britain in the years before the Great War is of a powerful, contented, orderly and thriving country. She commanded a vast empire. She bestrode international commerce. Her citizens were living longer, profiting from civil liberties their grandparents only dreamt of, and enjoying an expanding range of comforts and pastimes. The mood of pride and self-confidence is familiar from Elgar's Pomp and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: chronicles
Annals and chronicles
History
Annales et chroniques
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Heffer
ISBN: 9781643136707 1643136704
OCLC Number: 1244169868
Description: xii, 897 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue: Swagger --
The world of the late Victorians. The decline of the Pallisers ; The rise of the Pooters ; The worker's struggle --
Coming storms. Imperial tensions ; Ireland ; The death of God ; The civilising mission ; Protecting women --
Public debates, public doubts. The future ; Nostalgia ; Imperial consequences ; Art and life ; The uses of literacy --
Strife. Men and power ; Dukes and dreadnoughts ; The great unrest ; Votes for women ; Rebellion --
Envoi: One afternoon of heat.
Responsibility: Simon Heffer.

Abstract:

"The folk memory of Britain in the years before the Great War is of a powerful, contented, orderly and thriving country. She commanded a vast empire. She bestrode international commerce. Her citizens were living longer, profiting from civil liberties their grandparents only dreamt of, and enjoying an expanding range of comforts and pastimes. The mood of pride and self-confidence is familiar from Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches, newsreels of George V's coronation and the London's great Edwardian palaces. Yet things were very different below the surface. In 'The Age of Decadence' Simon Heffer exposes the contradictions of late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain"--Provided by publisher

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