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The Medieval Universe 3 Source Exercise 3: 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.

And then the prose. Nonetheless, here’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3.

The Strange Death of Liberal England

I didn’t quite finish but I was so invested in that I finished it after I graduated. As indeed do I – some of them seem a little too full of midth Century psychology to be reliable.

Absolutely fantastic history book focussed, detailed, witty and sarcastic. It’s a great counterpart to reading Barbara Tuchman’s The Proud Tower about the same period though she doesn’t cover England in nearly the depth – concentrating on the Lords’ rebellion – and she examines matters in Germany, Russia, France and the United States.

And then, how to weave it all into an understandable narrative?


All the violence of the pre-war world has vanished, and in its place there glow, year into backward year, the diminishing vistas of that other England, the England where the Grantchester church clock stood at ten hhe three, where there was Beauty and Certainty and Quiet, and where nothing was real.

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The author only glancingly addresses the eclipse of the Liberal party by Labour. Pages using web citations with no URL. More than an historical account, it reads like a novel.

Language and Sources The Uses of Facts: The Strange Death of Liberal England is one of the most important books of the English past, a prime example that history can be abiding literature. But however much one might differ from his interpretation, there is no denying the force of his prose. Extract Linda Colley, Captives: The order that could have kept the country out of the war had vanished and could no more prevent itself from embracing disaster than it could continue as it was.

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. Dangerfield explains what happens when forces overwhelm fondly held principles. That’s not how Dangerfield sees it at all.

I nearly gave this book a 3 instead straneg 4 stars. The Wars of the Roses 4 Source Exercise 4: Why did that happen instead of the UK turning into Canada geprge a large centrist party often squeezing out both the left and the right? It warned him that he was underpaid, that Parliament–left to itself–would keep him underpaid; it told him that good behavior had ceased to have any meaning; it asserted that he must unite at any cost.


Assigned in a graduate history class on twentieth-century England, I recently reread this political science rhe of the period just before WWI It ends with the start of World War I.

The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield

The Medieval Universe Source Exercise 3: Views Read Edit View history. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is an elegant book, for sure.

Taylor, English History A. The government was powerless to stop them. The Henrician Reformation 5 Source Exercise 5: From then on, England swung between the polarities of Tory and Labour. Some content available on Google Books Available from Amazon George Dangerfield certainly deserves recognition for having come up with one of the most arresting titles ever given a history book.

One either dies in a ditch or one finds ways to adapt. Totally wrong, of course, but it never ceases to make me smile.

Dangerfield’s understanding of the characters involved in stgange history and his ability Never have I come across an author as capable of balancing the delicate tedium of political discussion with the colorful prose of truly great writing.