New England?: Peace and War, 1886-1918 / Edition 1

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This absorbing narrative history brings into sharp and lively focus a period of immense energy, creativity, and turmoil. The book opens in 1886, as the Empire is poised to celebrate Victoria's golden jubilee, and ends in 1918 at the close of the 'war to end all wars', with England knowing that an era has conclusively ended. It vividly portrays every aspect of the nation's life - political, social, and cultural - carrying the reader from the wretched city slums to the bustling docks and factories, from the grand portals of Westminster to Blackpool's new holiday beach, from the world of the leisured aristocracy to the trenches of the Western Front and the violent politics of the militant suffrage movement.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A masterful, lucidly written and well proportioned survey over the whole range of national life."—Times Literary Supplement

"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."—History Today

"Searle's book is notable for its thematic and geographic breadth of coverage, the lucidity of its prose, and the wisdom and balance of its analysis. Readers will find expert and accessible guidance on topics of current historiographical concern...this achievement deserves the strongest recommendation. Essential."—CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199284405
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: New Oxford History of England Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 990
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of East Anglia (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

Part I. England in 1886
1. Nationalism and Nationality
2. Generation and Gender
3. Social Identities
4. Governance and Politics
Part II. Late Victorian England 1886-1899
5. Home Rule and the Politics of Unionism
6. The Social Question: Conflict and Stability 1886-1899
7. Politics and the Social Question 1886-1899
8. Uneasy Dominion: Britain under Challenge
9. The Boer War 1899-1902
Part III. Edwardian England
10. The Unionist Project 1902-1905
11. The Liberal Party and Social Welfare Politics
12. The Years of 'Crisis' 1908-1914
13. The Road to War
Part IV. Leisure, Culture, and Science
14. The Pursuit of Pleasure
15. Art and Culture
16. Science and Learning
Part V. The Great War
17. The Loss of Innocence 1914-1916
18. Tragedy and Triumph 1916-1918
19. The Patriotic Experience
20. War and the Reshaping of Identities
List of Cabinets and General Elections

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

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    A NEW ENGLAND? Confusing Title; Good Book

    The Edwardian Era is such a small slice of English history that it may seem ridiculous to have bought this hefty book for such a limited period for an even more limited subject, Technology and Science during the Edwardian Age.

    Oxford University Press never disappoints so I'm glad to have the book in my library.

    Being an art history major in college, a fashion editor, publicist, and real estate agent after that, I never gave the word 'technology' a second thought until the World Wide Web came along.

    The book's explanation of why the sciences were a late entry into the recognized professions - and the fact that early science was the province of the clergy was an obscure point that added an interesting tidbit about a period in England that was already using 'technology' -- mostly it allowed the hired help to get more done though I can't see that it eased their work burden.

    Details like the above are what I think a good book gives a reader.

    A New England? - what a title. If you leave out the "?" you can't find it on the internet. It does take a slightly new look at the history of England. It is a revision of an earlier tome and so is up to date on women's right to vote etc.

    If you want a sweeping history of England or a book you can read in bits and pieces for fun, I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Fine survey of English history between 1886 and 1918

    The author, Professor of History at the University of East Anglia, concludes, ¿Britain was thus being governed at the end of the nineteenth century by a `ruling class¿ narrowly based upon landed wealth and the ancient professions ¿¿ He honestly describes the reality, but weakly resorts to inverted commas! Similarly, he shows how the ruling class was soft on Ulster loyalists, but harsh to Irish nationalists, trade unions and suffragettes, yet calls its attack on trade unions the `employers¿ offensive¿, again using inverted commas. For the Entente, in 1914 Imperial Russia¿s population was 140 million: 21 million (15%) were eligible to vote. France¿s was 39 million (the French Empire numbered another 54 million): 11 million (29%) could vote. The UK¿s was 46 million: 9 million (18%) could vote. The rest of the British Empire had 350 million colonial slaves, who could not vote on the war or anything else. For the Alliance, Germany¿s population in 1914 was 65 million (and of her colonies 6 million): 14 million (22%) could vote. Austria-Hungary¿s was 48 million 10 million (21%) could vote. The French, Russian and British empires had a total population of 629 million, of whom 41 million (6.6%) could vote. Even excluding the populations of the French and British empires, the populations of France, Russia and Britain totalled 225 million, only 18% of whom could vote. Germany, its colonies and Austria-Hungary had a total population of 119 million: 24 million (20%) were entitled to vote. So the Alliance was more democratic than the Entente, and Germany, with 22% eligible to vote, was more democratic than Britain, with only 18%. Searle studies Britain¿s nationalism, gender, locality, occupation, religion and class government, electoral and party systems Ireland¿s struggle for national liberation class struggle and the trade unions the Empire and overseas investments, the Boer War (¿We seek no gold fields. We seek no territory¿ said Lord Salisbury, who made sure that the British ruling class got them though) the Ententes with France and Russia leisure and pleasure, art and culture, science and learning and World War One, citing Rudyard Kipling¿s bitter epitaph on a dead soldier, ¿If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied.¿

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