A New England?: Peace and War 1886-1918

Paperback | July 28, 2005

byG. R. Searle

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G. 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 leavingEngland to come to term 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 zenith of imperialism with its idealization of war on the one hand, the start of the Labour Party, a socialistrenaissance, 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 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman take their place on stage beside Oscar Wilde, the Pankhursts, and Lloyd George. Motoring andaviation, 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 ofthe 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 ofthe 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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G. 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 leavingEngland to come to term with its price - abo...

G. R. Searle is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of East Anglia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:976 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.99 inPublished:July 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. England in 18861. Nationalism and Nationality2. Generation and Gender3. Social Identities: Class, Community, and the Masses4. Governance and PoliticsPart II. Late Victorian England 1886-18995. Home Rule and the Politics of Unionism6. The Social Question: Conflict and Stability, 1886-18997. Politics and the Social Question, 1886-18998. Uneasy Dominion: Britain under Challenge, 1886-18999. The Boer War, 1899-1902Part III. Edwardian England10. The Unionist Project, 1902-190511. The Liberal Party and Social Welfare Politics12. The Years of 'Crisis', 1908-191413. The Road to WarPart IV. Leisure, Culture, and Science14. The Pursuit of Pleasure15. Art and Culture16. Science and LearningPart V. The Great War17. The Great War: The Loss of Innocence, 1914-191618. The Great War: Tragedy and Triumph, 1916-191819. The Patriotic Experience20. War and the Reshaping of IdentitiesChronologyList of CabinetsGeneral ElectionsBibliographyIndex

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`This is a marvellous book in its breadth, its comprehensiveness and, given its length, the enormous pleasure it has been to read. Necessarily a work of synthesis, it efficiently weaves together telling quotes, examples and statistics to conjure up the late Victorian and Edwardian world.'Peter Catterall, History Today