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My Short Century
My Short Century
by Lorna Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intellectual working woman's 20th century, 27 Mar. 2014
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Leaving aside privileged members of small elites in other countries, Britain has been the country that has spearheaded women's emancipation. This was probably only in part a funcition of Britain's values, as until the 1960s and later, it was assumed even in this country that women would give up their jobs when they got married. The reality was a harsh one: not necessarily for high ideals, but as a matter of sheer necessity, women have had to work as there have been few ages in our history where lower and middle class families could depend on only one income. Spinsters, war widows, or women who had simply been deserted by husbands, there have been millions who had to take on the burden of feeding their families. Lorna Arnold was such a one, although by then she already looked back on an amazing and highly unusual career as a young woman working in the War Office's support branch for resistance movements in Europe, as perhaps Britain's first female diplomat, as a representative of the Allied powers in post-war ruined Berlin, and as an eye-witness to the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington that is the foundation of NATO. Her immensely varied career from biscuit factory to helping build up the Family Planning Association to becoming an historian of Britain's nuclear research, told with much humour and generosity, makes a fascinating read, offering invaluable insights into 20th century British history.


How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939
How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939
by Donald Cameron Watt
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive work on the short-term causes of World War II, 4 Dec. 2012
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This book is unlikely ever to be bettered - with intensive, archive-based study of all sides of the conflict, this detailed but well-structured and persuasive work shows how Britain and France committed to the guarantee of Poland on false assumptions - crucially, the false war scare of early 1939 - and how they missed the grand opportunity of getting the Soviet Union on their side.


The Printer's Daughter
The Printer's Daughter
by Valerie Gray
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen meets the Bostonians, 23 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Printer's Daughter (Hardcover)
A delicious historical novel for those who don't just want costume drama, but want the real feel of the period - even the language in which it is written sounds right for the period. Based on real fact, written by a real historian, it doesn't leave you to wonder at every other page whether this would really have been said or done at the time. The suspense is sustained, and the cultural differences between American and English cultures, still discernible today, add a delightfully explored dimension of enduring topicality.


A Fete Worse Than Death
A Fete Worse Than Death
by Dolores Gordon-Smith
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fete worse than death, 13 Aug. 2007
Excellent historical whodunnit/thriller, in the tradition of Buchan, with the Great War and the atmosphere of the early 20s breathing from every button hole! Good historical research for the background, and a very convincing rendering of the spirit of the times. Greatly enjoyable read for nostalgic readers ... greatly looking forward to the next instalment, and I hope the film version comes soon!


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