- Paperback: 748 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192801406
- ISBN-13: 978-0192801401
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 4.3 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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English History, 1914-1945 (Oxford history of England) Paperback – 1 Jul 2001
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"An outstanding achievement...an exciting book, for historian and layman alike."--Spectator
About the Author
A. J. P Taylor was one of Britain's most respected and influential historians. He was Professor of History and Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He died in 1990.
Top Customer Reviews
In this age of nostalgia, a distressingly large part of the English population (approximately 52%) hark back to a simpler time of casual racism and small minded intollerance and for many that time is epitomised by the period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. This book was published in 1965 and I last read it in 1976... Despite the passage of such a great period of time reading the exquisite prose of the old master brought back not just a clear recollection of how I felt about what was here written at the time, but also (I hope) a little of how that fitted with the people around me. Reassuringly, I was reminded that A.J.P. Taylor did not fit the narrow minded stereotype of a man of this era - and I feel that my young self was also more liberal than the perceived 1970s norm. This of course does not mean that the view of the 1970s as a form of Life on Mars (as in Life On Mars : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD]) is entirely incorrect. Just that it is only part of the story, a part that contrasts very strongly with an equally by gone 'Britishness' epitomised by Professor Taylor and which shines through in this volume of history.Read more ›
Taylor's book comes as the fifteenth and final volume of The Oxford History of England, the book charts through English History from 11pm on August 4, 1914 through to the summer of 1945. In all he covers a period of thirty one years. During which Britain was involved in two world wars and in between them battled through the inter war period which was, politically economically and socially one of the most volatile periods in English History. Taylor manages to tackle the period with flare yet focuses mainly on economic and political aspects. He averts attention away from the History of people, focusing on actions of rulers and the elite. His description however, of the interaction of rulers and politicians is fascinating. Taylor displays Britain's key problems as economic, Britain's inter war economy was backward based on old industries which the world simply did not want to buy the products of. The resultant cause was unemployment which plagued England throughout the 1920's and 1930's coupled with economic decline . After a costly war and all too liberal loans to allies Britain's inter war economic state was gloomy to say the least
What makes Taylor's book so unique within its field isn't just its size but its readability.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am patiently rebuilding my collection of the Oxford Histories, so this is a welcome addition. I use them more for reference than to read cover-to-cover, and although History is... Read morePublished 10 months ago by P. Squires
Intensely detailed, well researched, as one would expect from one of this country's leading historians. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ric Thompson
Very good reading like all of his work, probably less controversial than his Origins of the 2nd World War.Published on 8 April 2015 by Pertti Aaltonen
fascinating read. i have the 1992 paperback edition. many aspects seem to sound an echo with present day events. as though politicians and statesmen never seem to learn. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by philip matley
The book was delivered in good time and well packaged. I was a little disappointed as although the book was in good condition and clean it was very faded on the spine where it has... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2011 by Lorraine
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