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"Thought-provoking and illuminating...Overy's study of British culture between the wars is absorbing and unexpectedly moving."
-The New York Times Book Review
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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Richard Overy is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He has written extensively on modern German and European history, and is the author of Russia's War and The Penguin Atlas of the Third Reich.
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
Bibliography and sources 474