After the Victorians / A.N. Wilson.
By: Wilson, A. N.Material type: BookPublisher: London : Hutchinson, 2005Description: xii, 609 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0091794846.Subject(s): Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII, 1901-1910 | Great Britain -- History | Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952 | Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936DDC classification: 941.082/3
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Follow-up to the bestselling The Victorians in which A.N. Wilson tells the story of the 'Decline and Fall' of Britain. How did Britain decline? This is the question which A.N. Wilson seeks to answer in his masterly follow-up to The Victorians. In The Victorians the author told the story of Great Britain in her preeminence. It ended with Britain as the mightiest, richest nation on earth, possessed of a huge empire. That book, however, is full of forebodings and harbingers of disaster. This book tells the story of the decline of Britain - and with it, the decline of very many of the things which Victorian Britain stood for. Though it appeared that these things had merely taken a battering by the war against Hitler, in fact the seeds for their undoing had been there from the beginning. As in The Victorians, this book is a panoramic sweep taking in the well-known and the lesser-known, building up a portrait of the age as seen through the eyes of innumerable individuals. We see the First World War and the coming of Communist Revolution; the Spanish Civil War; the Second World War; the unstoppable growth of America as a dominant world power and the beginnings of the Cold War. in world politics. Alongside this is the story of the beginnings of Modernism - in Paris painting, in Vienna music and radical new philosophical systems of thought. A.N. Wilson visits the novelists, the philosophers, the poets and the painters to see what light they threw on the activities of the politicians, the scientists and the generals. Holding together military, political, social and cultural history, A.N. Wilson creates a panoramic view of the era which skilfully traces the sources and causes of the 'Decline and Fall' of Great Britain.
"First published by Hutchinson in 2005 in Great Britain"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes index and bibliographical references.
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.
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