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Brink of civil war and led to an army mutiny the campaign for woman's suffrage created widespread civil Strange Death of MOBI #183 disorder and discredited the legal and penal systems and an unprecedented wave of strikes swept the landThis is a classic account first published in of the dramatic upheaval and political change that overwhelmed England in the periodFew books of history retain their relevance and vitality after than sixty years The Strange Death of L. This might not be the grandest or the most insightful history I have ever read although it is insightful It is however one of the best written and by far the most irreverent Dangerfield s basic premise is that the Liberal party came unstuck because of a general upswelling of raucous rock the boat energy particularly focused on Ireland women s suffrage and labor unrest However the book is not a straight line A caused B account of events rather Dangerfield wants to give the mood of the period and capture some of how people felt and talked I much appreciated this I also enjoyed that the book was written in 1935 Winston Churchill appears prominently he was a senior cabinet member and was even Home Secretary for a while but he appears as eccentric politico not as savior of his country Churchillpursued the lifeline as whole heartedly as any man in EnglandIt took all of Mr Churchill s activity of which he fortunately possessed his full share first to get himself within range of the precious light and then to hold it on himself for any appreciable length of time and the English political scene was therefore bedazzled with sudden unpredictable flashes in which Mr Churchill would be discovered in an attitude at once humorous arrogant and comic p87

Characters The Strange Death of Liberal England

The Strange Death of Liberal England

Iberal England is one of the most important books of the English past a prime example that history can be abiding literature As a portrait of England enmeshed in the turbulence of new movements which often led to violence against the pieties of Liberal England until it was overwhelmed by the greatest violence of all World War I this extraordinary book has continued to exert a powerful influence on the way historians have observed early twentieth century England.. My favorite bookever

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At the beginning Death of Epub #217 of the twentieth century England's empire spanned the globe its economy was strong and its political system seemed immune to the ills that inflicted so many other countries After a resounding electoral triumph in the Liberals formed the government of the The Strange PDF or most powerful nation on earth yet within a few years the House of Lords lost its absolute veto over legislation the Home Rule crisis brought Ireland to the. When was the last time you laughed out loud while reading a history book Yep that s what I thought Well this book did it for me The topic of course is not funny George Dangerfield explains how early England had a Cerberus of its own the Tory Party the Women s Suffrage movement and the Worker s rebellion which caused the downfall of the Liberal Partyoh with some help from the party itself I must say that the Tory Party digging in to refuse to work with the Liberal Party during this era seemed somewhat contemporary history does repeat itselfNo what s funny is Dangerfield s dry sarcasm even though he ultimately lived in the US he was born and schooled in England and the tone is very Englishas well as flowery and poetic as is the language of many of the classic historians It s a gorgeous book to read and believe it or not gripping there are scenes that are written with an immediacy that made me feel as if I were thereIt doesn t hurt of course that I love the pre World War I period of English history and Dangerfield showed me how much I didn t know about it his writing this history at the time he did this history was published in 1935 just about twenty years after the events he describes also offers a perspective that we don t often experience The book ends with the death of Rupert Brooke in 1915 and a lofty and beautiful paragraph with his death one sees the extinction of Liberal England Standing beside that moonlit grave one looks back All the violence of the pre war world has vanished and in its place there glow year into backward year the diminishing vistas of that other England the England where the Grantchester church clock stood at ten to three where there was Beauty and Certainty and uiet and where nothing was real Today we know it for what it was but there are moments very human moments when we could almost find it in our hearts to envy those who saw it and who never lived to see the new world The italics are mine as dated as this view is this is what I think of when I think of England and English historythe beauty and uiet of an unchanging England Totally wrong of course but it never ceases to make me smile


10 thoughts on “The Strange Death of Liberal England

  1. says:

    Outstanding and superb One of the most enjoyable and fun works of history I've ever encountered Especially considering the very 'difficult' and cumbersome timeperiod the author chooses to exhume for us If you ever wish to try to make sense of

  2. says:

    When was the last time you laughed out loud while reading a history book? Yep that’s what I thought Well this book did it for me The topic of course is not funny; George Dangerfield explains how early England had a Cerberus of its own—the Tory Party the Women’s Suffrage movement and the Worker’s rebellion—which caused the

  3. says:

    Really really beautifully written Dangerfield has the English way of erudite irony subtle sarcasm and witty understanding of the complexities of history and human nature I'm just gaga for that kind of thingThis is an elegant book for sure The only problem was as it is with a lot of history books for me that I kind of had to take his word o

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    This book is an interesting one It is almost a trope in Britain of there being a kind of fetish for our political and constitutional system the fact of it lasting for x many hundreds of years meaning it is obviously the best etc This book highlights how from the perspective of the years before the First World War our whole system was on the verge of collapse and we are actually very lucky that the war happen

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    This is rich in ideas abstractions and issues unacknowledged for years the book dates from 1937 For that alone it is fascinating But there are glaring flaws Its treatment of the suffragettes is downright venal Most praise its prose style but I found it repetitive and distracting the satire and meanness hid clarity What for example does this

  6. says:

    This might not be the grandest or the most insightful history I have ever read although it is insightful It is however one of the best written and by far the most irreverent Dangerfield's basic premise is that the Liberal party came unstuck because of a general upswelling of raucous rock the boat energy particularly focuse

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    Wonderful under rated classic It was ignored when it appeared in the 1930s because the author had moved to America and became a magazine editor He was not an academic and he was very dismissive of standard English mythology The volume is brilliant It is a masterpiece of acerbic wit and historical analysis His

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    This book moved between a three and a four I think his writerly ways did not always make for clarity of content I really liked his chapter on the suffragists and I learned a lot from his discussion of the worker's movements especially the miners His political section with its discussion of unionism was the weakest at least for me I had a hard time following it and while some of it was due to my own lack of knowledge some was defin

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    My favorite bookever

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    Robust in expression odd in organisation this elegy on a political party of the 3rd way has lasting value The best part a study of Sir Edward Carson's fight against Irish Home Rule shows how extremism always triumphs in the

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