In this remarkable debut, Bouverie tells the story of the pre-war years of diplomacy, indecision, infighting and political brinkmanship. It is an extraordinary tale of turning deaf ears to the experts who understood what was afoot (our ambassadors in Berlin, for instance, recalled for articulating the unwelcome) and of democracies failing to grapple with the gravest of threats. Bouverie considers the personalities and the pacifist mood of the country with sensitivity and pathos, and much of what he writes has a powerful resonance with the reader in the face of our own complex political upheavals.
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A highly articulate, intelligent and entertaining look at the history of England, with a somewhat idiosyncratic approach. Politics, trade, government and culture are Caldecott’s bread and butter here, and his sweep is extremely enjoyable – and stimulating: he ends, for instance, his initial and very brief chapter on prehistory thus: “The particular relevance of Roman Britain to English history lies in the English aristocracy’s adoption of the same Augustan culture during its eighteenth-century hegemony”. Privately published.
This fine book uncovers the stories of John Auden and Michael Spender, who, as Everest climbers and geologists, led lives quite as interesting though very different to those of their more famous older brothers.
Edgerton offers us a wholly new take on our understanding of ourselves as a nation: the imperial, global and liberal model giving way after WW2 to isolationism and a narrower nationalism. His arguments are powerful, his marshalling of material astonishing, and disquieting.