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Peace And War: Britain In 1914

Peace And War Britain In dawned with Britain at peace albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war suffragette agitation was assuming an ever violent hue and suspic

  • Title: Peace And War: Britain In 1914
  • Author: Nigel Jones
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war suffragette agitation was assuming an ever violent hue and suspicions of Germany s ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of invasion scare literature.Then when shots rang out in Sara jevo on 28 June, they set in train a tu1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war suffragette agitation was assuming an ever violent hue and suspicions of Germany s ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of invasion scare literature.Then when shots rang out in Sara jevo on 28 June, they set in train a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany.Nigel Jones depicts every facet of a year that changed Britain for ever From gun running in Ulster to an attack by suffragettes on a Velasquez painting in the National Gallery from the launch of HMHS Britannic to cricketer J.T Hearne s 3000th first class wicket from the opening of London s first nightclub to the embarking for Belgium of the BEF, he traces the events of a momentous year from its benign domestic beginnings to its descent into the nightmare of European war.

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    1. The author has tried to give an accurate picture of Britain in 1914. He covers several subjects: political, social and artistic, elitist and popular. He cannot give much depth to them, but it is good as an overview. I thought his description of the last-ditch attempts to prevent the war were both succinct and sufficient. He has covered most or all of the important concerns and movements of the time, but there will be subjects everyone who reads it will want to know more about. (They are probably [...]

    2. End of PeaceThis is a good survey of life in Britain just prior to the start of the First World. Nigel Jones writes well and is not afraid of advancing his own opinions when necessary. Yes, the Edwardian Idyll was hyperbole, but what occurred was a savage contrast. The book has a useful annotated bibliography.

    3. Excellent Read. I really enjoy this author's work.Biography of Patrick Hamilton by Nigel Jones also worthwhile.

    4. Listened to it on Audiobooks as I decorated my sitting room. Never quite gripped by the writing (nor the actor's voice) I nonetheless never wanted to turn it off and it adds to the background understanding of events of a hundred years ago. The story is one of the most important and gripping of the century. Better than many on the overall situation in England pre Sarajevo and with an interesting slant on the early battles and the animosity between John French and Smith-Dorrien and its effects on [...]

    5. A great insight into life in Britain in the months leading up to the start of the Great War, and then the first few months of the conflict. I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky little facts and the often thought provoking moments in this highly readable and fascinating account of the historic and tumultuous year of 1914. If you just want to understand the main events leading up to the First World War and the first key battles which led to to the four year stalemate called the western front, but don't [...]

    6. I enjoyed listening to this book. I was intrigued by the history and the references to the social upheavals in Britain at the time of the Great War. I did skip the chapters referencing the artists and night clubs after listening to the chapter about poets and finding no really useful historical information in it. I didn't feel like skipping them made any difference in the narrative, it actually made it flow better. They were an unnecessary diversion in my opinion.

    7. This is a fascinating slice of life on the very edge of the apocalypse. Today, we know what the Guns of August will bring to Europe that fall but in 1914 those events had yet to bloom into tragedy. This tome tells the other stories whichmight have won the headlines if not for the war. Here are tales of art, economics, music, culture and the rest. Engaging and full of detail.

    8. This is well-trod ground and the book doesn't add anything new, though it's a perfectly good summation if you don't feel like digging through Tuchman's The Proud Tower or any of the other mammoth works on the subject.

    9. Wonderful book. Gives a sense of what was going on in Britain during 1914. It covers what was going on socially, culturally and economically, as well as in domestic and foreign policy. I highly recommend it, especially since it has lots of photos.

    10. Fascinating topic; mediocre book. Some good anecdotes, but superficial treatment, particularly of economic and class divisions. Focus is mainly on individual personalities, even while the overall lesson is that no individual decisions seem to have had any influence on the course of events.

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