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Peace and War: Britain in 1914 [Hardcover]

Nigel Jones
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30 Jan 2014

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.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781852537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781852538
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lavishly illustrated ... Jones has a hawk's eye for fascinating historical detail' Sunday Express.

'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.

'A fascinating introduction to the First World War ... a recommended read for anyone interested in discovering what life was really like for ordinary people at this time' Discover Your History.

'Elegant and enjoyable ... A superb snapshot of Britain ... an outstanding introduction to the first year of the Great War' Irish Times.

About the Author

Nigel Jones is an author, a former editor at History Today and BBC history magazines, and has been a TV and radio broadcaster.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Juanjo
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This book is immensely readable, providing a real feeling of the UK's politics and society in the years preceding the outbreak of the Great War. Accompanying photographs, many from the writer's collection, provide vivid graphic images of UK society in times we have long forgotten

Well worth reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peace and War: Britain in 1914 22 Jun 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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‘Tis the season, to be sure for books about 1914, the outbreak of WWI etc. This is the second book I have read recently about Britain in 1914 (the other was The Fateful Year: 1914 by Mark Bostridge) and what life was like leading up to, and in the first few months of the War; what were the front of mind topics for people living their daily lives before the shock of War became a reality, and how did they then cope with the whole change of life and requirements on them?

Like Bostridge’s book, this book takes some of the key events and items of the year – suffragettes, the Ulster troubles, artists and poets, and puts them into perspective so we can get some idea of how these impacted on day to day lives of British and English people in 1914. This book also offers interesting information on the building of the big ships – the Dreadnoughts, but also the race to offer bigger cruiseliners such as the Britannic and the Titanic and their like. There are also chapters on the London club scene, the bright young social things in their last Season – and then the assassination of Franz Ferdinand changed everything. The last third of the book talks about the country moving into war mode, the ways in which people demonstrated their patriotism and their fears of what the war would bring, and mobilisation. The book ends at Christmas 1914.

Bostridge’s book was a workmanlike read, and this book differs in that it is more of a coffee-table sized book. There are numerous and very interesting photographs which relate directly to the text, and the items that the author has used to highlight Britain in 1914 are definitely relevant and informative as well as entertaining to us at a remove of 100 years. A very interesting and worthwhile book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book this year! 19 Mar 2014
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A great insight into life in Britain in the months leading up to the start of the Great War, and then the first few months of the conflict. I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky little facts and the often thought provoking moments in this highly readable and fascinating account of the historic and tumultuous year of 1914.

If you just want to understand the main events leading up to the First World War and the first key battles which led to to the four year stalemate called the western front, but don't want to wade through detailed blow by blow historic accounts, then this is the book for you! For a work of history it is a surprisingly easy read!

In this significant anniversary year I recommend that you must read this book!! It is your duty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 5 Mar 2014
By S M DIX
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What was England really like, one hundred years ago, on the eve of the Great War? A war that my Grandfather went to as an under aged soldier behind a Lewis Gun.
What kind of Great Britain was he and many other people's grandpas fighting for?
And did that Britain deserve that kind of loyalty and sacrifice?
Read this and find out the answers to some of these questions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What was Great Britain like before the Great War. 28 April 2014
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I found it fascinating reading before the outbreak of the Great War. To read that W.G. Grace felt that cricket should be stopped and the players should sign up for the war was a fact I did not know.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History at its best 1 Mar 2014
By Bryan M
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Nigel Jones gives a superb account of this critical period. Immensely readable and particularly relevant in this centenary year. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in parts 14 Mar 2014
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An interesting subject that could have delivered a more balanced and representative book. There was little about the majority of the population of Britain or the colonies, and far too much about poets and artists. The political climate, including the Irish Home Rule question, were fairly well covered for a short book. Far too much space however, which demonstrated little relevance, was given over to the arts. Good in parts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this book 14 Mar 2014
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I found the writers style very dictatorial and uninteresting. More in the mode of a text book not a novel
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It promises much then continues on the same worn path of describing...
This book is most frustrating. It promises much then continues on the same worn path of describing great men and women and their thoughts and actions. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Richard Styles
4.0 out of 5 stars The year the Great War started
A very readable account of the year the Great War started. The author's style is very readable. I enjoyed it while learning some history.
Published 2 months ago by Paul M. Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Very informative reading, covering industry, living conditions, the Government. at the time having to draft an army, also sport. Excellent reading
Published 2 months ago by Tone:
3.0 out of 5 stars review
Good read but alike so many others. well researched parts but slightly disappointed overall but that is probably that I have been told first hand of such things and is age related.
Published 2 months ago by P Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights
I really enjoyed my daily mealtime dips into this book which taught me a great deal about the months preceding the Great War and the events that happened at the beginning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annik Lamotte
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction
I thought it was a really good introduction to the state of Britain in 1914, perhaps a little to much on the arts and not enough about the growth of organised sport.
Published 4 months ago by Gary Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
This book was not at all what I anticipated. There was nothing at all about the lives of ordinary working people and what relevance there might have been in the uninteresting lives... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A well written snap shot of social history of that time that has familiar aspects of today particu
Aptly in our inner cities
Published 4 months ago by cliffnewman
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