1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent hue; and suspicions of Germany's ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of 'invasion scare' literature. Then when shots rang out in Sara-jevo on 28 June, they set in train a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany. Nigel Jones depicts every facet of a year that changed Britain for ever. From gun-running in Ulster to an attack by suffragettes on a Velasquez painting in the National Gallery; from the launch of HMHS Britannic to cricketer J.T. Hearne's 3000th first-class wicket; from the opening of London's first nightclub to the embarking for Belgium of the BEF, he traces the events of a momentous year from its benign domestic beginnings to its descent into the nightmare of European war.
'Lavishly illustrated ... Jones has a hawk's eye for fascinating historical detail'
. 'A terrific account that makes a strong bid for inclusion in any collection
BBC History Magazine
. 'Excellent ... an exceedingly valuable history of the year as well as being a damned good read ... a brilliant primer for the First World War
The Army Review Service
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||30th January 2014|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, First World War, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Nigel Jones is an author, a former editor at History Today and BBC history magazines, and has been a TV and radio broadcaster.More About Nigel Jones