At the beginning of the twentieth century England’s empire spanned the globe, its economy was strong, and its political system seemed immune to the ills that. Buy The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. was George Dangerfield, a recent immigrant to New York and literary editor of Strange Death of Liberal England, after languishing for three decades, became.

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George Dangerfield, The Strange Death of Liberal England

Dangerfield’s understanding of the characters involved in this history and his ability Never have I come across an author as capable of balancing the delicate tedium of political discussion with the colorful prose of truly great writing. Then Dangerfield turns to the movements of the unprivileged – the suffragettes, organized labour, and the Irish englane each of which rose in utter uncompromising ferocity with their own demands, and yet worse for the Liberal government, their own extreme actions.

Christopher Hitchens said that it was one of his top three favorite books and called it a ‘tone poem of a book’ which is part of the reason I read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint in that regard Its thesis is that Liberal Party in Great Britain ruined itself in dealing with the House of Lords, women’s suffrage, the Irish question, and trade unions, Are we ‘making progress’?

He described Emmeline Pankhurst as a “fragile little woman, not more distinguished in her appearance than other pretty little strangr who have worn well”.

I think his writerly ways did not always make for clarity of content.

The Strange Death Of Liberal England

We can’t do what this man did with his simple pen, pad, and typewriter. What kind of journalism?


Mar 13, Feliks rated it really liked it Shelves: The Twelve Caesars Suetonius: I gotta say it really took me out of the book and I can’t honestly give it more stars since it became rather dense and confusing for me as reading experience. Views Read Edit View history.

Wonderful under rated classic. They were “odious to men” and women too, “melodramatic” and “hysterical”. The methods that the Tory party and the Ulster Unionists employed to prevent change were begun at this point between and An edited cangerfield was published in Britain in for the first time by Constable.

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Dangerfield was a journalist rather than an academic historian and he had an eye both for a good story and for the most effective way to deayh it. This is an elegant book, for sure. I’m not worthy to take in its wisdom, surely, but it really was beautifully written and I’d like to actually read it again but all the editions are rare The Wars of the Roses 13 Source Exercise 4: Dangerfield’s basic premise is that the Liberal party came unstuck because of a general upswelling of raucous rock-the-boat energy, particularly focused on Ireland, women’s suffrage, and labor unrest.

Mar 09, Jonathan Reed rated it it was amazing.

Nonetheless, here’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. Much that was true then is true today in politically divided Britain and US politics.

They got shiploads of guns from Ulster, formed their own army and provisonal government, and were supported by the Conservative leader, Bonar Law, and most of the House of Lords.

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After a resounding electoral triumph inthe Liberals formed the government of the most powerful nation on earth, yet within a few years the House of Lords lost its absolute veto over legislation, the Home Rule crisis brought Ireland to the brink of civil war and led to an army mutiny, the campaign for woman’s suffrage created widespread civil disorder and discredited the legal and penal systems, and an unprecedented wave of strikes swept the land.

Scarcely any important analyst of modern Britain has failed to cite it and to make use of the understanding which Dangerfield provides. The World we have Lost Laslett: It is a highly impressionistic account and at times highly misleading”.

And then the prose. View all 5 comments. Oct 10, Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing.

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Dec 11, Stephen rated it it was amazing. From the left, historian Eric Hobsbawm said it was “wrong on most details, but still the most exciting way to start looking at the nation’s history during this period”.

Writing inhe portrays a Liberal elite, led by Asquith, Churchill and Lloyd George, assailed on all sides by three revolutionary forces – the Ulster Unionists, the suffragettes, and the trade unions. The Henrician Reformation 6 Source Exercise 5: The Wars of the Roses 5 Source Exercise 4: For that, alone, it is fascinating. Never have I come across an author as capable of dangdrfield the delicate tedium of political discussion with the colorful prose of truly great writing.

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