After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World

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Macmillan, 19. sep. 2006 - 609 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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Oedipus Rex Oedipus Kaiser
3
Rupees and Virgins
18
The Land
33
Prisoners 45
45
The Accursed Power
48
Love in the Suburbs
69
God and the Americans
80
Nationalisms
96
The ABC of Economics
279
Puzzles and Pastoral
289
Two Thousand Whispered Voices
305
Politics
318
The Abdication
330
The European Crisis
349
The Special Relationship I
370
Churchill in 1940
383

Shipwreck
114
An Asiatic Power
129
Barbarous Kings
147
Revolutions
165
Chief
178
Peace
193
Protons Massacres Bombs Ireland and Iraq
206
Communists and Fascism The Allure of Violence
221
The Silly Generation From Oswald Spengler to Noel Coward
230
The Means of Grace and the Hope of Glory
242
The Secrets of a Womans Heart Marie Stopes Radclyffe Hall
260
For the Benefit of Empire
272
From the Battle of Britain to Pearl Harbor
394
Bombers and the Bombed
406
In the Broadcast
420
The Special Relationship II
434
If God Wearied of Mankind
461
Retributions
476
Widmerpools Britain
500
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 as a writer and journalist. He is the author of many critically acclaimed works, including The Victorians, Paul, and My Name is Legion.

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