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English History, 1914-1945 (Oxford history of England) Paperback – 1 Jul 2001

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  • 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)
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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.

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Too detailed. I made a mistake to buy it
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I recently re-read this book by Taylor (my copy dates from it's original publication). It's an enormous canvas and Taylor does a masterful job of synthesising his huge amount of material with which he was clearly very familiar. Inevitably the book contains some fairly broad views with some of which it's possible to take issue, but overall his version of events and the judgments he arrives at remain valid in most cases. This is true although much new material has become available since the book was originally published. Although a left leaning historian he's very fair to some of the traditional bogeymen of the left like Baldwin and doesn't acquit the British Labor party of responsibility for their part in the appeasement policies of the thirties. His hero's are Lloyd George and Churchill (although he doesn't omit the warts). Who could disagree. And of course it's beautifully written and therefore a pleasure to read.
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Good source and typically of AJPT concise and pointed comments
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I dug out my very old copy of A.J.P Taylor's contribution to this series and read it again after many years of watching it go slightly brown on my book shelf. I learnt (or re-learnt) a few things about the interwar years, but what was far more revealing was the exposure of how much history writing has changed in the last 50 years and more shockingly for me - how much 'English' culture has changed and how much I have changed with it.

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 [2006] [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.
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An excellent historical analysis written in a reader friendly fashion. My husband has often spoken of this book so I decided he should have his own copy and he is delighted.
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One can hardly think of a broader period of history to cover than "English History 1914-1945" in one volume. Yet the most notable and probably most impressive feature of Mr Taylor's book is its ability to comprehensively cover the period while remaining concise. Perhaps the genius behind this book lies in taylors Ability to create a fully comprehensive book while remaining under eight hundred pages, his skill seems to lie in judging what History to leave out rather than include.
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.
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