Historians commonly depict Edwardian England as a place of great anxiety. Emerging from a long and exhausting conflict against the Boers in South Africa, Edwardians are often perceived as rocked by a profound set of doubts about the future of the British Empire, including the belief that the country was stricken by a malaise, commonly referred to as 'national deterioration' or 'degeneration'. Drawing upon a wide range of popular sources, this study considers the level of middle-class engagement with such strains of pessimistic thought, examining cultural life at both national and regional levels, and across a wide range of topics, including military reform, urban living, the Scouting movement and the 'hooligan' problem, thereby shedding new light on Edwardian England.
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About the Author
Christopher Prior is Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Exporting Empire: Africa, Colonial Officials and the Construction of the Imperial State, c.1900-39 (2013).
Table of Contents
1. Military Efficacy and the State of the Nation
2. Health and Poverty in Urban England
3. Moral Reform, Youth Movements and Hooliganism