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Another view of the 20s nd 30s,
This review is from: The Morbid Age: Britain and the Crisis of Civilisation, 1919 - 1939 (Paperback)
Ok I have to admit as a history graduate I have a lot of time for Richard Overy as he is always an illuminating read, always challenging and always teaching. For those who just thought that the years between 1918 and 1939 were the years when we Brits did the foxtrot, danced a lot and that upper class drunken bum, sorry Mr Churchill was a great leader are in for having their eyes open.
Overy mananges to show us younger Brits that there was much going on, that there was a great time for ideas and literature and the lucky few. He also shows the fear and the paranoia that was an undercurrent of British life and the feeling that this was a period akin to half time in sport before the next major war would come along.
This is a great book to read that offers the reader a great insight to the Britain of the inter war years and shows why Overy's scholarship is so highly regarded. This book shows how Britain saw itself looking down the barrel of a gun and the undercurrent of economic and political failure would lead to another bloody outcome.
Such a wonderful description of Britain and will educate those who think it was all sweetness and light for Great Britain that the reality was different. The only thing missing is that it misses out where Churchill voted in Parliament infavour of appeasement and the Conservative line with appeasement but that is me being picky about the drunkard. At least he was right about the victors write history because he certainly rewrote his prewar history.
I would advise anyone with an interest in European history and especially 20th Century British history this is an essential book.