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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. Buy The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. was George Dangerfield, a recent immigrant to New York and literary editor of Strange Death of Liberal England, after languishing for three decades, became.

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Everything was either overextended, over due for change, outdated or simply broken as regards the central pillars of political authority.

Today we know it for what it was; but there are moments, very human moments, when we could almost find it in our hearts to envy those who saw it, and who never lived to see the new world.

Wonderful under rated classic.

For citizens of western democracies, this book now speaks more to their condition than any time since it was published midway through the Devil’s Decade. Of course I’d like everyone to read my story, but read Dangerfield’s study as well – it’s not very long,and it’s terrific! What kind of journalism? The last dozen or so pages are a deeply affecting Epilogue about Rupert Brooke, the very young English poet whose life was cut short — as the lives of his entire generation of young men were — by the War To End All Wars — which, as we all know, not only did not end all war, but ushered in a century of war that continues in the 21st century.

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. Return to Book Page.


Few books of history retain their relevance and vitality after more than sixty years. I had a hard time following it and while some of it was due to my own lack of knowledge, some was definitely a kind of writerly fog. The th anniversary of the Easter Rising reminds us of the eternal marriage of hope and disappointment.

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But however much one might differ from his interpretation, there is no denying the force of his prose. It is a highly impressionistic account and at times highly misleading”. This edition added “—” to the original title. The closest thing to explanation I understood was that the workers ran away with the Trade Unions, and perhaps the violent suffragettes with the more peaceful distaff side.

English diction and finely-turned idiom is presented here, the like of which one rarely sees.

The Strange Death Of Liberal England

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If you’re looking for insight into the glaring biases of white male privilege in the 19th and 20th century, read on.

After englanx resounding electoral triumph inthe 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 dangegfield.

The Making of the English Working Class: So three stars for me, but if you already know a bit about England’s history in the years leading up the first world war who the players are and the basic outline this book will be a gorgeous piece of history, absolutely, for sure We may use cookies to record some preference settings and to analyse how you use our web site.


There were strikes after strikes after strikes in these years – not just for better conditions, but for power as well. This Site Uses Cookies We may use cookies to record some preference settings and to analyse how you use our web site. No party could work together unless it was to bring forth a disaster, which it did.

Published March 1st by Stanford University Press first published Nonetheless, here’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3.

The Medieval Universe 5 Source Exercise 3: At the same time trade unionists were uniting in a syndicalist revolution which aimed – at least xeath the minds of some leaders – to unite the workers in a general strike which would overthrow capitalism altogether.

It took all of Mr Churchill’s activity — of danegrfield he fortunately possessed his full share — first georgee get himself within range of the precious light, and then to hold it on himself for any appreciable length of time; and the English political scene was therefore bedazzled with sudden unpredictable flashes, in which Mr Churchill would be discovered in an attitude at once humorous, arrogant, and comic.

However, the book is not a straight-line “A caused B” account of events; rather, Dangerfield wants to give the mood of feorge period, and capture some of how people felt and talked.

We seem to be living through the demise of liberal England all over again. We don’t write non-fiction englanr like this any more, and that is a crying shame.

The Liberals felt forced into actions they were horrified to contemplate – brutal suppression of workers’ strikes, force-feeding tubes for suffragettes, suppression in Ireland.