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The Observer s blurb, compulsive as well as compulsory reading , applies fairly enough Admittedly, at times during the long 30 s, when everyone seems to take on absurdly Airstripish names Lloyd George, Kingsley Woods, Neville Chamberlain , it all starts to sound like a discourse into Harry Potter politics, and it s hard to keep attention focused on lengthy discussions of Protectionism tariffs and mercantilist trade aids, for the American reader The footnotes are what save this book in The Observer s blurb, compulsive as well as compulsory reading , applies fairly enough Admittedly, at times during the long 30 s, when everyone seems to take on absurdly Airstripish names Lloyd George, Kingsley Woods, Neville Chamberlain , it all starts to sound like a discourse into Harry Potter politics, and it s hard to keep attention focused on lengthy discussions of Protectionism tariffs and mercantilist trade aids, for the American reader The footnotes are what save this book in them, Taylor feels free to shrug off his Objective Historian mantles, and basically just rail against the stupidities of whoever s running the show at that moment.One star deducted for infuriating use of strategical , an annoying affectation which Garner s Modern American Usage has burned from my mind [[ Read ]] ☞ English History 1914-45 ⇘ Beginning on August the day Britain entered the Great War, this book guides us through three decades of unparalleled upheaval and change in Britain that eventually lead to the defeat of Japan ina momentous event that marked the end of the Second World War Twin themes of international conflict and mass unemployment in England predominate And besides a full account of foreign and domestic politics that were enacted to deal with them, Taylor pays particular attention to the impact of events on everyday lives It is an essential work from one of the finest historians of the twentieth century a book that no one interested in British affairs will want to be without Having just written a note on Simon Jenkins s Short History of England, I suppose Taylor s book is at the other end of the spectrum of general histories I first read this on publication in 1965 for my History A level It was a great joy to read being in Taylor s style which combines a rapid pace, strongly expressed views and a wicked footnotes I would still read this as a general introduction to English history in the period partly I suppose because I have some sympathy with Taylor s views b Having just written a note on Simon Jenkins s Short History of England, I suppose Taylor s book is at the other end of the spectrum of general histories I first read this on publication in 1965 for my History A level It was a great joy to read being in Taylor s style which combines a rapid pace, strongly expressed views and a wicked footnotes I would still read this as a general introduction to English history in the period partly I suppose because I have some sympathy with Taylor s views but also because it rattles along at a gallop through a complicated and challenging time The book is a solid history of England between the beginning of the Great War in 1914 and the end of World War II in 1945 The author does a good job of conveying to the reader how drastically the relationship the average Englishman had with the government changed over that time period Taylor s history of the wars, particularly World War II is shaded by bias from his obvious socialist political leanings. Would be a 5 star except a lot of arcane detail about British politics that are hard for an American to follow But there were two brisk outlines of WWI and WWII from a British prospective that were really valuable and it provided some real insights into the politics of British appeasement of Hitler The Oxford History of England set is tremendous and each volume has a beautiful set of maps in the back. Taylor is not quite flavour of the month right now, but only because he issympathetic to the left than most latter day popular historians It is still a joy to read, with some devastating humour in places writes of one ministerial appointment from Caligula s well stocked stable Thoroughly enjoyed this While I liked this book very much, I can t recommend it for the general reader It s for policy geeks Not much in terms of battle scenes Mostly, it s about the British Parliament and the changing economy from the Great War through WWII.But there is much to learn from the book for scholarly political activists I learned that there are two kinds of socialism Socialism of the economy e.g central planning and funding of the major economic sectors of the nation is one, socialism or the politic While I liked this book very much, I can t recommend it for the general reader It s for policy geeks Not much in terms of battle scenes Mostly, it s about the British Parliament and the changing economy from the Great War through WWII.But there is much to learn from the book for scholarly political activists I learned that there are two kinds of socialism Socialism of the economy e.g central planning and funding of the major economic sectors of the nation is one, socialism or the political system is the other Most social democracies are only the latter The economy remains fundamentally capitalist, like Britain, France, Germany and Italy today.I think those who find themselves defending Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandra Ocasio Cortez today should point out that they are not advocating any kind of centralized socialist control of the economy replacing capitalism They want a social democracy that supports the survival and educational needs of Americans while allowing the American economy to remain overwhelmingly capitalist.It was fascinating to see how the British system has for about a century now had a largely socialist Labour party fighting it out with the Conservatives in Parliament to support the rights and economic empowerment of the working class There are various phases during the period examined by Taylor s book when the government was significantly socialist adding years to free public education, providing school up to age 14 before the first war up to 16 by 1970 This is very similar to the arguments now by progressive Democratic candidates calling for free public college and trade school.The planners for WW II even evaluated whether or not they should support beef production because they could get ten timesprotein from agricultural production instead no talk about cow farts though After the new post WW II parliament formed, the King spoke to define the new vision for Britain and announced an ambitious programme nationalization of the coal industry and of the bank of England social security a national health service Despite over 70 years of embarking on this, to us radical, political socialist endeavor, Britain is still capitalist So the Green New Deal is no indicator that it is a threat to capitalism Certainly, Bernie and AOC aren t Fear not, Trumpsters The book concludes Despite nearly 400,000 killed in the war, the employed population was three million greater than in 1939, partly from an increase in the labour force, partly from the virtual elimination of unemployment Moreover, the second war, unlike the first, stimulated or created new industries which could hold their own in peacetime During the second World war, and not before, Great Britain took the decisive jump industrially from the nineteenth into the twentieth century Electricity, motor cars, iron and steel, machine tools, nylons, and chemicals were all set for expansion, and in all of them output per head was steadily increasing The very spirit of the nation had changed No one in 1945 wanted to go back to 1939 The majority were determined to go forward and were confident that they could do so The British were the only people who went through both world wars from beginning to end Yet they remained a peaceful and civilized people, tolerant, patient, and generous Traditional values lost much of their force Other values took their place Imperial greatness was on the way out the welfare state was on the way in The British empire declined the conditions of the people improved So, this book completed in 1964, still inspired me in 2019 The urgency of the climate crisis and coming rapid sea level rise requires us to reorganize our political and economic systems with the urgency of a WW II like national emergency to get off fossil fuels in ten years We can do it This book shows we have done similar massive reorganizations before A bit old fashioned style nowadays and quite judgmental, but overall very informative Almost every page deserve its own book. Very good overview of this period. De referencia en Postguerra De referencia en Postguerra