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Overview


At the beginning 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 1906, the Liberals formed the government of the 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 brink of civil war and led to an army mutiny, the campaign for woman's suffrage created widespread civil disorder and discredited the legal and penal systems, and an unprecedented wave of strikes swept the land.

This is a classic account, first published in 1935, of the dramatic upheaval and political change that overwhelmed England in the period 1910-1914. Few books of history retain their relevance and vitality after more than sixty years. The Strange Death of Liberal 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804729307
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 684,179
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author


The late George Dangerfield wrote widely on both English and American History; he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for The Era of Good Feelings. Among his other books are The Bengal Mutiny, Victoria's Heir: The Education of a Prince, The Awakening of American Nationalism, 1815-1828, and The Damnable Question: A Study in Anglo-Irish Relations.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Author's Foreword 13
Pt. I Their Lordships Die in the Dark May 1910-August 1911
1 The Comet 17
2 The Liberals 1906-10 20
3 Their Lordships Die in the Dark 37
Pt. II Hubris 1911-1913
1 'Animula Vagula...' 69
2 The Tory Rebellion 72
3 The Women's Rebellion 121
4 The Workers' Rebellion 178
Pt. III The Crisis January-August 1914
1 Mutiny in the Curragh 269
2 The Guns of Larne 281
3 The Pankhursts Provide a Clue 293
4 The Triple Alliance 312
5 Sarajevo 322
6 Buckingham Palace to Bachelor's Walk 328
Epiloque: The Lofty Shade 343
Bibliography 355
Index 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    The Very Strange Death

    This is an outstanding book, unquestionably the seminal work on its subject. Dangerfield writes illuminatingly on every detail. The illustration in every sentence is outstanding, providing an engrossing narrative.

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