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The age of decadence : Britain 1880 to 1914

Author: Simon Heffer
Publisher: London : Random House Books, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Heffer
ISBN: 9781847947420 1847947425
OCLC Number: 1005203874
Description: xii, 897 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Swagger --
The World of the Late Victorians. The decline of the Pallisers --
The rise of the Pooters --
The workers' 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.
Other Titles: Britain 1880 to 1914
Responsibility: Simon Heffer.

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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 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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"A riveting account of the pre-First World War years . . . A gloriously rich history . . . Balanced and judicious . . . The Age of Decadence is an enormously impressive and enjoyable read." -- Read more...

 
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