After the Victorians The Decline of Britain in the World

After the Victorians The Decline of Britain in the World [BOOKS] ✬ After the Victorians The Decline of Britain in the World Author A.N. Wilson – The distinguished historian AN Wilson has charted in vivid detail Britain's rise to world dominance a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest richest country on earth reigning ove The distinguished historian AN Wilson has charted in Victorians The ePUB ☆ vivid detail Britain's rise to world dominance a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest richest country on earth reigning over much of the globe Now in his much anticipated seuel to the classic The Victorians he describes how in little than a generation Britain's power and influence in the world would virtually dissolveIn After the Victorians Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era stretching from the death of ueen Victoria in to the dawn of the cold war in the After the Kindle - early s He offers riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world altering upheaval of the Communist Revolution He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East And he casts a bright new light on the World War II years Britain played a central role in defeating Germany but at a severe cost The nation would emerge from the war bankrupt and fatally weakened sidelined from world politics while America would assume the mantle of dominant world power facing off against the Soviet Union in the cold war Wilson's perspective the Victorians The PDF/EPUB Ã is not confined to the trenches of the battlefield and the halls of parliament he also examines the parallel story of the beginnings of Modernism he visits the novelists philosophers poets and painters to see what they reveal about the activities of the politicians scientists and generalsBlending military political social and cultural history of the most dramatic kind AN Wilson offers an absorbing portrait of the decline of one of the world's great powers The result is a fresh account of the birth pangs of the modern world as well as a timely analysis of imperialism and the Victorians The Decline of PDF/EPUB ² its discontents.

  • Paperback
  • 624 pages
  • After the Victorians The Decline of Britain in the World
  • A.N. Wilson
  • English
  • 01 August 2016
  • 9780312425159

About the Author: A.N. Wilson

Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and Victorians The ePUB ☆ newspaper columnist known for his critical biographies novels works of popular history and religious views He is an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail and former columnist for the London Evening Standard and has been an occasional contributor to the Times Literary Supplement New Statesman The Spectator and The Observer.

10 thoughts on “After the Victorians The Decline of Britain in the World

  1. Lynne Stringer Lynne Stringer says:

    This book was generally pretty good although not as compelling as some other history books I've read It was still interesting enough though

  2. Chris Chris says:

    After the Victorians is a wonderfully entertaining book Wilson is an excellent writer and is able to bring to life the myriad figures and dramatic events of British history in the first part of the 21st centuryThat being said the book does have it's flaws It's fairly unforgivable that Wilson refers to President Harry Truman as lawyer when in fact he was the only 20th century President NOT to earn a college degree Missing this detail could be seen as a minor mistake but it belies the general lack of research Wilson appears to have undertaken on the other great powers of World War Two He admits that he basis his entire account of the decision to drop the atomic bomb on just one source and casually condemns the act as a war crime While doing this he glosses over the very complex issue of whether an ultimatum was really given to the Japanese or whether their was any reason to believe that Hirohito would have surrendered under any other circumstances other than the ones he surrendered underI'm not trying to argue for or against the argument he is making it just seems that he could have put research into these areas and given credence to other viewpoints That being said this is a book about Britain and the issue of the atomic bomb is peripheral to his subjectThis is an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone interested in British or 20th century history

  3. Diane Diane says:

    This book looks at the history of Britain from the turn of the 20th century until the 1950s through the eyes of famous people who lived through this period The book is well written and well researched and covers periods of time not usually looked at in the same publication However the author never makes a persuasive case as to why he has covered this period He says in the subtitle that he will be looking at Britain's decline and loss of empire but this story doesn't seem integral to the book His most interesting conclusion is that while empires embraced diversity always imperfectly but they found ways to accommodate it nationalist nation states usually ended up denying basic rights to people who were not part of the majority population While this is interesting and probably true Britain isn't the most stunning example of this phenomenon so I was a little confused as to where he was going with the argument

  4. Guy Cranswick Guy Cranswick says:

    The decline of Britain and loss of empire is a well covered topic in Britain at least This outing might have a desultory or depressive air but again Wilson brings an acute perception to a range of political and social issues and opens up new ways to interpret the record The social dynamic is particularly well done and should make the book available to readers who could be uninterested in major political or strategic histories



  6. Daniel Kukwa Daniel Kukwa says:

    This is an epic readbut it gets high marks for being a massive work of history that manages to also be a fantastic and enjoyable read I'm keeping it from 5 stars because there are times when A N Wilson's interpretation of history drive me insane whether it be throwaway comments Woodrow Wilson was the most racist President of the 20th century and doesn't deserve the accolades of a nice liberal man head scratching apologist tracts a very surprising defense of Edward VIII or a slightly disturbing defense of the actions of Franco I also found the conclusion to be a bit abrupt compared to the introduction there was much I was hoping would be discussed and ruminated upon at the very end

  7. Aaron Eames Aaron Eames says:

    A companion piece as well as a continuation of The Victorians whose frock coated figures and peculiar philosophies haunt its pages until we close the book on an elderly Churchill in parade brocade at Elizabeth II’s coronation The amount covered means Wilson’s précis are sharp but too short leaving one wishing less had happened since 1901 Curiously he’s rather harsh on Bertrand Russell and also the population of Austria most of whom he observes ‘idolized Hitler then 1938 just as most of them still do’ If Wilson is correct in his comments on the Anschluss Brexit suddenly seems an appealing proposition

  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    A N Wilson is a very popular historian and novelist; this is the first book I've read by him While his style is charming his research and history are not to my taste He tends to interject comments if only the Germans had bombed the ugly building rather than the attractive one including gossip did both the Mountbattens sleep with Nehru? which is rather besides the point He also assumes that the reader is familiar with all the details Indeed if the reader were British this might be the case but not me I'm sure he's very smart and charming and I would love to sit next to him at a dinner party but not read another one of is books

  9. Ivor Sheehan Ivor Sheehan says:

    A welcome history of the first 50 years of the 20th centuryA bit of an eye opener for me born in 1944 of the years that I actually lived through At the time you just observe without uestioning the things going on round you So this book gives the background and context of why things happened as they did At times it wanders down literary themes to gain evidence or context to public 'mood' or perception which can be distracting when you just want the bones of the history A good read and perhaps keeping as a reference

  10. Rex Brampton Rex Brampton says:

    This could have been called The Decline and Fall of the British Empire and it must have been tempting to do soWilson provides a very detailed sometimes surprising and often wry telling of the history of the first half of the twentieth century It's a familiar story but this books fills a lot of gaps

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