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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of life and society immediately prior to WW1
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in parts
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of life and society immediately prior to WW1, 26 Feb 2014
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its best, 1 Mar 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The drawback of Kindle, 30 Jan 2014
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Enjoyed the book, but felt shortchanged as the book of the book suddenly finished at 66%, the rest of the book was made up of notes and bibliography. Had I been reading a paper book I would have been aware of this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The year the Great War started, 12 May 2014
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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.
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