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A History of England 1914 1945

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Lor pays particular attention to the impact of events on everyday lives It is an essential work from one of the finest historians of the twentieth century a book that no one interested in British affairs will want to be witho. Very good overview of this period

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Beginning on August 4 1914 the day Britain entered the Great War this book guides us through three decades of unparalleled upheaval and change in Britain that eventually lead to the defeat of Japan in 1945 a momentous event t. Having just written a note on Simon Jenkins's Short History of England I suppose Taylor's book is at the other end of the spectrum of general histories I first read this on publication in 1965 for my History A level It was a great joy to read being in Taylor's style which combines a rapid pace strongly expressed views and a wicked footnotes I would still read this as a general introduction to English history in the period partly I suppose because I have some sympathy with Taylor's views but also because it rattles along at a gallop through a complicated and challenging time Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ read this on publication in 1965 for my History A level It was a great joy to 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten read being in Taylor's style which combines a Messy Jessy rapid pace strongly expressed views and a wicked footnotes I would still The International Dictionary of Event Management read this as a general introduction to English history in the period partly I suppose because I have some sympathy with Taylor's views but also because it Domicile 1 rattles along at a gallop through a complicated and challenging time

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Hat marked the end of the Second World War Twin themes of international conflict and mass unemployment in England predominate And besides a full account of foreign and domestic politics that were enacted to deal with them Tay. Taylor is not uite flavour of the month right now but only because he is sympathetic to the left than most latter day popular historians It is still a joy to read with some devastating humour in places writes of one ministerial appointment from Caligula's well stocked stable Thoroughly enjoyed this Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress right now but only because he is sympathetic to the left than most latter day popular historians It is still a joy to Let God Guide You Daily read with some devastating humour in places writes of one ministerial appointment from Caligula's well stocked stable Thoroughly enjoyed this


10 thoughts on “A History of England 1914 1945

  1. says:

    Marvellous I started reading this because the 1918–1951 volume of the New Oxford History of England has not yet been published In light of my keenness for an up to date summary I was naturally concerned that this would be out of date — and it undoubtedly is Still Taylor would surely have agreed with this given that he called his Origins of the Second World War a ‘period piece of limited value’ in his autobiography from 1983 — a mere 22 years after its publicationStill there is great value in Taylor’s summary of interwar politics It’s concise and entertaining but I also came to see why I’d found it somewhat hard to find a good summary hitherto; that is because interwar politics was parochial and somewhat boring Taylor asserts repeatedly how safe and middle of the road Stanley Baldwin was and that Ramsay MacDonald wasn’t far behind him The great political subjects of the 1920s and 1930s were unemployment and Protection Additionally these were mainly National Governments so the retrospective ‘fun’ of reading about close run general elections is absent Still of course these events had great implications for all in English society; we are just far away from the sexiness of Home Rule and franchise reform — predominant debates of earlier decades But of course once we are discussing Neville Chamberlain and Appeasement this flare returnsI recommend this to all not least for the charming uips for which Taylor is famous Perhaps reading this has made me even excited to read the new volume whenever it arrives


  2. says:

    The Observer's blurb compulsive as well as compulsory reading applies fairly enough Admittedly at times during the long 30's when everyone seems to take on absurdly Airstripish names Lloyd George Kingsley Woods Neville Chamberlain it all starts to sound like a discourse into Harry Potter politics and it's hard to keep attention focused on lengthy discussions of Protectionism tariffs and mercantilist trade aids for the American reader The footnotes are what save this book in them Taylor feels free to shrug off his Objective Historian mantles and basically just rail against the stupidities of whoever's running the show at that momentOne star deducted for infuriating use of strategical an annoying affectation which Garner's Modern American Usage has burned from my mind


  3. says:

    Having just written a note on Simon Jenkins's Short History of England I suppose Taylor's book is at the other end of the spectrum of general histories I first read this on publication in 1965 for my History A level It was a great joy to read being in Taylor's style which combines a rapid pace strongly expressed views and a wicked footnotes I would still read this as a general introduction to English history in the period partly I suppose because I have some sympathy with Taylor's views but also because it rattles along at a gallop through a complicated and challenging time


  4. says:

    Would be a 5 star except a lot of arcane detail about British politics that are hard for an American to follow But there were two brisk outlines of WWI and WWII from a British prospective that were really valuable and it provided some real insights into the politics of British appeasement of Hitler The Oxford History of England set is tremendous and each volume has a beautiful set of maps in the back


  5. says:

    The book is a solid history of England between the beginning of the Great War in 1914 and the end of World War II in 1945 The author does a good job of conveying to the reader how drastically the relationship the average Englishman had with the government changed over that time period Taylor's history of the wars particularly World War II is shaded by bias from his obvious socialist political leanings


  6. says:

    Taylor is not uite flavour of the month right now but only because he is sympathetic to the left than most latter day popular historians It is still a joy to read with some devastating humour in places writes of one ministerial appointment from Caligula's well stocked stable Thoroughly enjoyed this


  7. says:

    While I liked this book very much I can't recommend it for the general reader It's for policy geeks Not much in terms of battle scenes Mostly it's about the British Parliament and the changing economy from the Great War through WWIIBut there is much to learn from the book for scholarly political activists I learned that there are two kinds of socialism Socialism of the economy eg central planning and funding of the major economic sectors of the nation is one socialism or the political system is the other Most social democracies are only the latter The economy remains fundamentally capitalist like Britain France Germany and Italy todayI think those who find themselves defending Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandra Ocasio Cortez today should point out that they are not advocating any kind of centralized socialist control of the economy replacing capitalism They want a social democracy that supports the survival and educational needs of Americans while allowing the American economy to remain overwhelmingly capitalistIt was fascinating to see how the British system has for about a century now had a largely socialist Labour party fighting it out with the Conservatives in Parliament to support the rights and economic empowerment of the working class There are various phases during the period examined by Taylor's book when the government was significantly socialist adding years to free public education providing school up to age 14 before the first war up to 16 by 1970 This is very similar to the arguments now by progressive Democratic candidates calling for free public college and trade schoolThe planners for WW II even evaluated whether or not they should support beef production because they could get ten times protein from agricultural production instead no talk about cow farts thoughAfter the new post WW II parliament formed the King spoke to define the new vision for Britain and announced an ambitious programme nationalization of the coal industry and of the bank of England; social security; a national health serviceDespite over 70 years of embarking on this to us radical political socialist endeavor Britain is still capitalist So the Green New Deal is no indicator that it is a threat to capitalism Certainly Bernie and AOC aren't Fear not TrumpstersThe book concludesDespite nearly 400000 killed in the war the employed population was three million greater than in 1939 partly from an increase in the labour force partly from the virtual elimination of unemployment Moreover the second war unlike the first stimulated or created new industries which could hold their own in peacetime During the second World war and not before Great Britain took the decisive jump industrially from the nineteenth into the twentieth century Electricity motor cars iron and steel machine tools nylons and chemicals were all set for expansion and in all of them output per head was steadily increasing The very spirit of the nation had changed No one in 1945 wanted to go back to 1939 The majority were determined to go forward and were confident that they could do soThe British were the only people who went through both world wars from beginning to end Yet they remained a peaceful and civilized people tolerant patient and generous Traditional values lost much of their force Other values took their place Imperial greatness was on the way out; the welfare state was on the way in The British empire declined; the conditions of the people improvedSo this book completed in 1964 still inspired me in 2019 The urgency of the climate crisis and coming rapid sea level rise reuires us to reorganize our political and economic systems with the urgency of a WW II like national emergency to get off fossil fuels in ten years We can do it This book shows we have done similar massive reorganizations before


  8. says:

    Very good overview of this period


  9. says:

    A bit old fashioned style nowadays and uite judgmental but overall very informative Almost every page deserve its own book


  10. says:

    This is the book that taught me what writing about history could be Discursive opinionated and entertaining Professor Taylor leads us through the history of England between and during two world wars in his own inimitable style culminating in the last glorious uplifting paragraph expressive of an optimism long gone