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5.0 out of 5 stars Some ten years of meticulous research, including access to ..., 19 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Fatal Fortnight: Arthur Ponsonby and the Fight for British Neutrality in 1914 (Hardcover)
Some ten years of meticulous research, including access to the Ponsonby archive at Shulbrede Priory by Duncan Marlor, have resulted in this valuable addition to the material currently available examining the causes, progress and outcomes of the First World War. 'Fatal Fortnight' charts in engrossing detail the daily, inexorable progress to Parliament's decision to enter the war. It presents Parliamentary business and intersperses this with revealing glimpses into the personal lives, both emotional and political, of the major participants. Especially valuable is the presentation of the attempts of the anti-war Members of Parliament to keep the country out of the war, and the reasons for their convictions. Arthur Ponsonby himself emerges as an impressive, impassioned communicator and immensely likeable human being. Many of the leading political figures of the time, most now unknown, come to life in these pages. The illustrations, whether contemporary cartoons or family and individual photographs, are well chosen.
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