A New England
Peace and War 1886-1918
By (author) G.R. Searle
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New England by G.R. Searle
Book DescriptionG. R. Searle's absorbing narrative history breaks conventional chronological barriers to carry the reader from England in 1886, the apogee of the Victorian era with the nation poised to celebrate the empress queen's golden jubilee, to 1918, as the 'war to end all wars' drew to a close leaving England to come to terms with its price - above all in terms of human life, but also in the general sense that things would never be the same again. This was an age of extremes: a period of imperial pomp and circumstance, with a political elite preoccupied with display and ceremony, alongside the growing cult of the simple life; the apogee of imperialism with its idealization of war on the one hand, the start of the Labour Party, a socialist renaissance, and welfare politics on the other; and a radical challenging of traditional gender stereotypes in the face of the prevailing cult of masculinity. Under Professor Searle's historical microscope, all the details of daily life spring into sharp relief. Half-forgotten figures such as Edward Carpenter, Vesta Tilley, and Edward Carson take their place on stage beside Oscar Wilde, the Pankhursts and Lloyd George. Motoring and aviation, to become such an intrinsic part of life within the next decades, had their beginnings in this period as pastimes for the rich. From the wretched slums of England's great cities to their bustling docks and factories, from the grand portals of Westminster to the violent political challenges of the Ulster Unionists and the militant suffrage movement, from Blackpool's tower and beach packed with holidaymakers to the trenches of the Western Front, the energy, creativity, and often destructive turmoil of the years 1886-1918 are brought into focus in this magisterial history. THE NEW OXFORD HISTORY OF ENGLAND The aim of the New Oxford History of England is to give an account of the development of the country over time. It is hard to treat that development as just the history which unfolds within the precise boundaries of England, and a mistake to suggest that this implies a neglect of the histories of the Scots, Irish, and Welsh. Yet the institutional core of the story which runs from Anglo-Saxon times to our own is the story of a state-structure built round the English monarchy and its effective successor, the Crown in Parliament. While the emphasis of individual volumes in the series will vary, the ultimate outcome is intended to be a set of standard and authoritative histories, embodying the scholarship of a generation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198207146
(242mm x 165mm x 57mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G.R. Searle
New England?, Paperback (July 2005)
Bringing into focus a period of energy, creativity, and turmoil, this book portrays various aspects of the nation's life - political, social, and cultural. It presents the Empire in 1886 that is poised to celebrate Victoria's golden jubilee, and in 1918 at the close of the 'war to end all wars', with England knowing that an era has ended.
Liberal Party, Paperback (November 2000)
In the course of the 1920s the Liberal Party disappeared as a serious party of government, though its demise followed hard upon one of its greatest periods of success. This book provides a balanced survey of the literature which has grown up around this topic.
Morality and the Market in Victorian Britain, Hardback (April 1998)
How could Victorian capitalist values be harmonized with Christian beliefs and concepts of public morality and social duty? This book explores ideas about citizenship and public virtue and how public morality was reconciled with the market.
Entrepreneurial Politics in Mid-Victorian Britain, Hardback (March 1993)» View all books by G.R. Searle
The Great Reform Act and the repeal of the Corn Laws, seemed to make a shift in power to the middle classes a possibility. This book shows how "entrepreneurial Radicals" came to Westminster to impose their values on national life, and how their successes and failures shaped Britain's politics.
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