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The age of decadence : a history of Britain : 1880 to 1914 / Simon Heffer.

Heffer, Simon, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 941.081 HEF (Text) 33500013386743 New Checked out 05/28/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781643136707
  • ISBN: 1643136704
  • Physical Description: xii, 897 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 827-838) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The folk memory of Britain in the years before the Great War is of a powerful, contented, orderly and thriving country. She commanded a vast empire. She bestrode international commerce. Her citizens were living longer, profiting from civil liberties their grandparents only dreamt of, and enjoying an expanding range of comforts and pastimes. The mood of pride and self-confidence is familiar from Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches, newsreels of George V's coronation and the London's great Edwardian palaces. Yet things were very different below the surface. In 'The Age of Decadence' Simon Heffer exposes the contradictions of late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain"--Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* The years between Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and the start of WWI found Britain swaggering with both empire and wealth, but undergoing vast political, economic, social, and technological change. Having already detailed British involvement in WWI in Staring at God (2019), Simon Heffer pens a prequel to that work. Nothing escapes Heffer's notice. He details the last governments of William Gladstone as the franchise is extended and entrenched aristocratic privilege and power succumb to new industrial fortunes. Edwardian baroque architecture transforms London as well as Manchester and Bristol. Music becomes heroic with Edward Elgar's popularity. John Galsworthy in literature and Arthur Pinero in drama capture the social milieu and help lay bare the age's moral hypocrisy regarding prostitution, adultery, and homosexuality. Fortunes are made, yet hundreds of thousands, both urban and rural, live in deep poverty. Literacy expands, but the great old universities are still largely shut to the lower classes. The Irish continue seething. Amid this, tensions are growing in Edwardian society that culminate in the sweeping away of many of Britain's imperial pretensions in the ghastly trenches of France. Heffer's history is broad and deep and casts a brilliant light on this remarkable era. Includes illustrations and a bibliography. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* The years between Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and the start of WWI found Britain swaggering with both empire and wealth, but undergoing vast political, economic, social, and technological change. Having already detailed British involvement in WWI in Staring at God (2019), Simon Heffer pens a prequel to that work. Nothing escapes Heffer's notice. He details the last governments of William Gladstone as the franchise is extended and entrenched aristocratic privilege and power succumb to new industrial fortunes. Edwardian baroque architecture transforms London as well as Manchester and Bristol. Music becomes heroic with Edward Elgar's popularity. John Galsworthy in literature and Arthur Pinero in drama capture the social milieu and help lay bare the age's moral hypocrisy regarding prostitution, adultery, and homosexuality. Fortunes are made, yet hundreds of thousands, both urban and rural, live in deep poverty. Literacy expands, but the great old universities are still largely shut to the lower classes. The Irish continue seething. Amid this, tensions are growing in Edwardian society that culminate in the sweeping away of many of Britain's imperial pretensions in the ghastly trenches of France. Heffer's history is broad and deep and casts a brilliant light on this remarkable era. Includes illustrations and a bibliography. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Simon Heffer took a PhD in modern history at Cambridge. His previous books, published in Britain, include: Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle; Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell; Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII; Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England; and High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain. The Age of Decadence is his first book to be published in America. In a thirty-year career on Fleet Street, he has held senior editorial positions on The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator and is now a columnist forThe Sunday Telegraph. He lives in London.

Subject: Great Britain > History > Victoria, 1837-1901.
Great Britain > History > Edward VII, 1901-1910.
Great Britain > History > George V, 1910-1936.
Great Britain > Social conditions > 19th century.
Great Britain > Social conditions > 20th century.
Social conditions
Great Britain.
Genre: History.

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