After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5. mai 2015 - 624 sider

The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson has charted, in vivid detail, Britain's rise to world dominance, a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest, richest country on earth, reigning over much of the globe. Now in his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how in little more than a generation Britain's power and influence in the world would virtually dissolve.

In After the Victorians, 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 riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Communist 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, sidelined from world politics, while America would assume the mantle of dominant world 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-he visits the novelists, philosophers, poets, and painters to see what they reveal about the activities of the politicians, scientists, and generals.

Blending military, political, social, and cultural history of the most dramatic kind, A.N. Wilson offers an absorbing portrait of the decline of one of the world's great powers. The result is a fresh account of the birth pangs of the modern world, as well as a timely analysis of imperialism and its discontents.

 

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AFTER THE VICTORIANS: The Decline of Britain in the World

Brukerevaluering  - Kirkus

Empires come and go, though seldom as suddenly and thoroughly as Great Britain's fall from world dominance.Many Britons celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 as a sign that all the ... Les hele vurderingen

LibraryThing Review

Brukerevaluering  - michael09 - LibraryThing

Not as brilliant as his "The Victorians". More idiosyncratic. Some quirky findings though: for fans of " Swallows and Amazons" an early and surprising glimpse of Arthur Ransome in the political world ... Les hele vurderingen

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1 Oedipus Rex Oedipus Kaiser
3
2 Rupees and Virgins
18
3 The Land
33
4 The Accursed Power
48
5 Love in the Suburbs
69
6 God and the Americans
80
7 Nationalisms
96
8 Shipwreck
114
22 Two Thousand Whispered Voices
305
23 Politics
318
24 The Abdication
330
25 The European Crisis
349
26 The Special Relationship I
370
27 Churchill in 1940
383
28 From the Battle of Britain to Pearl Harbor
394
29 Bombers and the Bombed
406

9 An Asiatic Power
129
10 Barbarous Kings
147
11 Revolutions
165
12 Chief
178
13 Peace
193
14 Protons Massacres Bombs Ireland and Iraq
206
15 Communists and Fascism The Allure of Violence
221
16 The Silly Generation From Oswald Spengler to Noël Coward
230
17 The Means of Grace and the Hope of Glory
242
18 The Secrets of a Womans Heart Marie Stopes Radclyffe Hall
260
19 For the Benefit of Empire
272
20 The ABC of Economics
279
21 Puzzles and Pastoral
289
30 In the Broadcast
420
31 The Special Relationship II
434
32 Prisoners
450
33 If God Wearied of Mankind
461
34 Retributions
476
35 The End of the British Empire India and Palestine
488
36 Widmerpools Britain
500
37 The Hereditary Principle
516
Notes
529
Bibliography
558
Index
579
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A. N. Wilson, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is the author of many critially acclaimed books, including The Victorians, Paul, and My Name is Legion.

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