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How did Britain decline? A.N. Wilson goes in search of an answer in his masterly follow-up to his bestselling The Victorians
In The Victorians, the author told the story of Great Britain in her pre-eminence. It ended with Britain as the mightiest, richest nation on earth, possessed of a huge empire. That book, however, is full of forebodings and harbingers of disaster. This follow-up book is the story of the decline of Britain and with it, the decline of many of the things that Victorian Britain stood for. Furthermore, Wilson will show, the seeds of its undoing had been there from the beginning.
As in The Victorians, this book has a panoramic sweep, building up a portrait of the age the Communist Revolution, two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the unstoppable growth of America as a dominant world power and the beginnings of the Cold War. This is the era in which Britain was sidelined from its importance in world politics. Alongside this is the story of the beginnings of Modernism in art and music, and radical new philosophical systems of thought. A.N. Wilson visits the novelists, the philosophers, the poets and the painters to see what light they threw on the activities of the politicians, the scientists and the generals.
Putting together military, political, social and cultural history, After the Victorians creates a panoramic view of the era, and skillfully identifies the sources and causes of Britains decline.
A follow-up to the bestselling "The Victorians" in which A.N. Wilson tells the story of the 'Decline and Fall' of Britain. He paints the portrait of the age, covering the advances in science and technology, rise of feminism and changes in culture as well as wars and political struggles. He traces the way the war against hitler saved the world, yet ruined Britain. Huge appeal to the popular history market.
About the Author
A.N. Wilson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his fiction.