The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.75
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 76%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $4.75   
  • New (6) from $11.41   
  • Used (8) from $4.75   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 9 of 14 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.75
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(325)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Like New
2010 Paperback Fine Text is clean and bright, binding is tight, covers are in excellent condition, spine has a few creases. 100% Money Back Guarantee! Ships within 1 business ... day, includes tracking. Carefully packed. Serving satisfied customers since 1987. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Darby, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(201)

Condition: Very Good
2010 Paperback Very Good+ 9780143118114. Near new; text in clean, tight, unread condition; 1.4 x 8.4 x 5.5 Inches; 544 pages.

Ships from: Baldwin City, KS

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.50
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(0)

Condition: Very Good
Used in trade paperback. A clean, tight copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 522 pages; Original, entertaining, and ever-surprising, The Twilight Years tells the story of how an abiding ... fear of war influenced English life in the aftermath of World War I. Britain had become a laboratory for modern thought and experimentations, from eugenics to Freud's unconscious. And drawing upon these innovative ideas and concepts, intellectuals, politicians, scientists, and artists-among them Arnold Toynbee, Aldous Huxley, and H. G. Wells-grappled with a creeping fear that the West was staring down the end of civilization. The Twilight Years speaks to the frightening power of ideas in a rapidly changing world. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Normandy Park, WA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.94
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(127)

Condition: Like New
544 pages

Ships from: Pembroke, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$8.99
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(17421)

Condition: Acceptable
Used, Acceptable Condition, may show signs of wear and previous use. Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Westminster, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$11.41
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23274)

Condition: New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$11.51
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(9975)

Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from US within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$12.37
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(195)

Condition: New
New Book. FREE TRACKING ON ALL ORDERS. Shipped from US. Standard Shipping is 4 to 14 business days. Expedited Shipping is 3 to 6 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$14.20
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(17421)

Condition: New
Brand New, Perfect Condition, Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Westminster, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 9 of 14 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by

Overview

Original, entertaining, and constantly surprising, award-winning historian Richard Overy's new book tells the story of how an abiding fear of war influenced British life in the aftermath of World War I. Britain had become a laboratory for modern thought and experimentation, from eugenics to Freud's unconscious. And drawing upon these innovative ideas and concepts, intellectuals, politicians, scientists, and artists-among them Arnold Toynbee, Aldous Huxley, and H. G. Wells-grappled with a creeping fear that the West was staring down the end of civilization. The Twilight Years speaks to the frightening power of ideas in a rapidly changing world.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Alex von Tunzelmann
In The Twilight Years, his thought-provoking and illuminating new study of the interwar period, Richard Overy contends that before 1914 the British believed they had conquered the world and would rule it forever. After World War I, a wrecked generation had to pick up the pieces of that world and ask what went wrong. It is this process that occupies the book, which successfully adopts a broad-brush approach to cultural life without obscuring gemlike details…Overy's study of British culture between the wars is absorbing and unexpectedly moving. Some of its stories may haunt the reader long after the book has been closed, and not just the morbid ones.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
Overy (Why the Allies Won) describes the irrational pessimism that hung like a curtain over British intellectual life between the world wars and formed the basis for the overwhelming paradox that paralyzed England until the outbreak of war in 1939. This pessimism was paradoxical because things were not as dire in Great Britain as the English thought. On the one hand, the English believed civilization was doomed, yet they also believed it was their responsibility to save it. They thought absolute pacifism was necessary, but war was inevitable. Overy clearly describes how this paradox affected areas as diverse as the eugenics movement, psychoanalysis, political cooperation, and economics. VERDICT Well researched and lucidly written, this book will appeal to those interested in understanding how the intellectual elite of Europe failed to resolve and in fact contributed to the very "crisis" they were trying to prevent.—Michael Farrell, Reformed Theological Seminary Lib., Oviedo, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Overy (Modern History/Univ. of Exeter; The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, 2004, etc.) chronicles the various forces of anxiety that gripped British society in the interwar period. The author calls this era the "morbid age," when the Great War had shattered the hopeful progression for civilization during the previous "rosy belle epoque," ushering in fears about impending catastrophe. Overy considers these gloomy forces in turn, from the physical evidence of human breakdown in the form of the war's survivors-millions of men shell-shocked and psychologically damaged-to frightening predictions by social scientists and the growing appeal of eugenics, psychoanalysis and pacifism. Writers like Leonard Woolf rued the passing of the "ordered way of life" to be replaced by surges of "hatred, fear and self-preservation" after the war, and seminal jeremiads by H.G. Wells, Gilbert Murray, Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee announced a crisis of Western civilization. The capitalist system was doomed to decay, asserted intellectuals Beatrice and Sidney Webb, while Walter Greenwood's sadly realistic working-class novel Love on the Dole (1933) captured the popular despair during hard economic times. Overy's chapter "A Sickness in the Body" examines the work of early birth-control crusaders like Marie Stopes, whose aim was actually "race improvement" and discouragement of "reckless breeding" by the "unfit"-though Overy skirts the issue of anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, the fashionable new field of psychoanalysis was going to cure the ills of civilization, even though Freud's prognosis was essentially pessimistic. As the fear of a new world crisis loomed, people wondered about the causes of war,peace activists tried to be heard and public sentiment fractured into "creed wars" represented by extreme factions such as Soviet communism and German National Socialism. Overy proves to be a fastidious researcher, and he creates an intriguing, albeit scholarly, narrative. A bracing study that demonstrates how the drumbeat of doom became self-perpetuating. Agent: Gill Coleridge/Rogers, Coleridge & White
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143118114
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 970,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Overy is a professor of history at the University of Exeter. A leading expert in World War II history, he has written more than twenty books, including Why the Allies Won, and The Twilight Years.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface and Acknowledgements xiii

Note on Currency xv

Britain 1919-1939: A Chronological Introduction xvii

Introduction: Cassandras and Jeremiahs 1

1 Decline and Fall 9

2 The Death of Capitalism 50

3 A Sickness in the Racial Body 93

4 Medicine and Poison: Psychoanalysis and Social Dismay 136

5 Why War? 175

6 Challenge to Death 219

7 Utopian Politics: Cure or Disease? 265

8 'The Voyage of the Death Ship': War and the Fate of the World 314

9 A Morbid Age 363

Notes 385

Bibliography and sources 474

Index 501

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)