Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Alan Allport
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9780451494757
Available:
Release: 2020-11-03
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War. Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict's first crucial years, Alan Allport tackles questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation? In answering these and other essential questions he focuses on the human contingencies of the war, weighing directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime British society and culture. Britain at Bay draws on a large cast of characters--from the leading statesmen and military commanders who made the decisions, to the ordinary men, women, and children who carried them out and lived through their consequences--in a comprehensible and compelling single history of forty-six million people. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1938-1941.

Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Alan Allport
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9780451494740
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War. Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict, Alan Allport seeks to answer questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation? In answering these and other essential questions he focuses--unlike many historians--on the human contingencies of the war, looking directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime and postwar British society and culture. Whether discussing the mixing of classes during the war or the Labour Party movement, he shows us in great detail the effects of the war, again not only on an institutional, but on an individual level as well. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1939-1941.

Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Alan Allport
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781782833277
Available:
Release: 2020-09-03
Editor: Profile Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'Extraordinary' - Richard Vinen 'Will make you think anew not just about the war, but about the Britain and Britons that fought it' - Daniel Todman In the bleak first half of the Second World War, Britain stood alone against the Axis forces. Isolated and outmanoeuvred, it seemed as though she might fall at any moment. Only an extraordinary effort of courage - by ordinary men and women - held the line. The Second World War is the defining experience of modern British history, a new Iliad for our own times. But, as Alan Allport reveals in this, the first part of a major new two-volume history, the real story was often very different from the myth that followed it. From the subtle moral calculus of appeasement to the febrile dusts of the Western Desert, Allport interrogates every aspect of the conflict - and exposes its echoes in our own age. Challenging orthodoxy and casting fresh light on famous events from Dunkirk to the Blitz, this is the real story of a clash between civilisations that remade the world in its image.

Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Spenser Wilkinson
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9785041328719
Available:
Release: 2021-01-18
Editor: Litres
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Britain s War A New World 1942 1947

Britain s War  A New World  1942 1947
Author: Daniel Todman
Pages: 864
ISBN: 9780190658502
Available:
Release: 2020-03-17
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The second volume of Daniel Todman's account of Great Britain and World War II The second of Daniel Todman's two sweeping volumes on Great Britain and World War II, Britain's War: A New World, 1942-1947, begins with the event Winston Churchill called the "worst disaster" in British military history: the Fall of Singapore in February 1942 to the Japanese. As in the first volume of Todman's epic account of British involvement in World War II ("Total history at its best," according to Jay Winter), he highlights the inter-connectedness of the British experience in this moment and others, focusing on its inhabitants, its defenders, and its wartime leadership. Todman explores the plight of families doomed to spend the war struggling with bombing, rationing, exhausting work and, above all, the absence of their loved ones and the uncertainty of their return. It also documents the full impact of the entrance into the war by the United States, and its ascendant stewardship of the war. Britain's War: A New World, 1942-1947 is a triumph of narrative and research. Todman explains complex issues of strategy and economics clearly while never losing sight of the human consequences--at home and abroad--of the way that Britain fought its war. It is the definitive account of a drama which reshaped Great Britain and the world.

Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Alan Allport
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9780451494740
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Knopf
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War. Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict, Alan Allport seeks to answer questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation? In answering these and other essential questions he focuses--unlike many historians--on the human contingencies of the war, looking directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime and postwar British society and culture. Whether discussing the mixing of classes during the war or the Labour Party movement, he shows us in great detail the effects of the war, again not only on an institutional, but on an individual level as well. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1939-1941.

Browned Off and Bloody Minded

Browned Off and Bloody Minded
Author: Alan Allport
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9780300213126
Available:
Release: 2015-03-01
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

More than three-and-a-half million men served in the British Army during the Second World War, the vast majority of them civilians who had never expected to become soldiers and had little idea what military life, with all its strange rituals, discomforts, and dangers, was going to be like. Alan Allport’s rich and luminous social history examines the experience of the greatest and most terrible war in history from the perspective of these ordinary, extraordinary men, who were plucked from their peacetime families and workplaces and sent to fight for King and Country. Allport chronicles the huge diversity of their wartime trajectories, tracing how soldiers responded to and were shaped by their years with the British Army, and how that army, however reluctantly, had to accommodate itself to them. Touching on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, through a colorful multitude of fresh individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening, deeply moving perspective on how a generation of very modern-minded young men responded to the challenges of a brutal and disorienting conflict.

Britain at Bay

Britain at Bay
Author: Richard Glover
Pages: 235
ISBN: NWU:35556009367095
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Release: 1973
Editor: London : Allen & Unwin ; New York : Barnes and Noble
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Søgeord: Engelsk Landforsvar; Napoleon's Invasionsplaner; Castlereagh; Regency; Pressgang; Grenville, William; Calais

Britain s War Into Battle 1937 1941

Britain s War  Into Battle  1937 1941
Author: Daniel Todman
Pages: 826
ISBN: 9780190621803
Available:
Release: 2016
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane"--Title page verso.

Britain s 100 Best Railway Stations

Britain s 100 Best Railway Stations
Author: Simon Jenkins
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780241978993
Available:
Release: 2017-09-28
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover the architectural gems that are Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations in this Sunday Times top 10 bestseller 'This is a cracker . . . a beautiful book' Chris Evans It is the scene for our hopeful beginnings and our intended ends, and the timeless experiences of coming and going, meeting, greeting and parting. It is an institution with its own rituals and priests, and a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture. And yet so little do we look at the railway station. Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, from Waterloo to Wemyss Bay, Betws-y-Coed to Beverley, to select his hundred best railway stations. Blending his usual insight and authority with his personal reflections and experiences - including his founding the Railway Heritage Trust - the foremost expert on our national heritage deftly reveals the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories. Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this joyous exploration of our social history shows the station's role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the triumphs and follies of these very British creations. These are the marvellous, often undersung places that link our nation, celebrated like never before. 'However spectacular the book's photographs, it's the author's prowess as a phrase-maker that keeps you turning the pages' The Times 'An uplifting exploration of our social history' Guardian

Haldane

Haldane
Author: John Campbell
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780228002338
Available:
Release: 2020-07-16
Editor: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Can you name the creator of the Territorial Army, the British Expeditionary Force, the Imperial General Staff, and the Officers' Training Corps? The man who laid the foundation stones of MI5, MI6, the RAF, the LSE, Imperial College, the "redbrick" universities, and the Medical Research Council? This book restores Richard Burdon Haldane to his rightful place among the great men of British and Canadian history. Serving as war minister in the 1905 Liberal British government, his groundbreaking proposals on defence, education, and government structure were astonishingly ahead of his time – the very building blocks of modern Britain. Even the Canadian Constitution, as now interpreted, is unthinkable without Haldane. His ubiquitous networks ranged from Wilde to Einstein, Churchill to Carnegie, king to kaiser; his polymathic interests enabled pioneering cross-party, cross-sector cooperation. Yet in 1915 he was ejected from the Lord Chancellorship, unjustly vilified by an ignorant press campaign as a German sympathizer. John Campbell charts these ups and downs, reveals the intensely personal side of Haldane through previously unpublished love letters, and shows his enormous relevance in our search for just societies and states today. Amidst political and national instability, it is surely now right to reinstate Haldane as an outstanding example of true statesmanship.

Nuclear Designs

Nuclear Designs
Author: Bruce D. Larkin
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1412829836
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Release: 2021
Editor: Transaction Publishers
Language: en

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Dent s Modern Tribes

Dent s Modern Tribes
Author: Susie Dent
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781473623880
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Release: 2016-10-20
Editor: John Murray
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Did you know that . . . a soldier's biggest social blunder is called jack brew - making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else? That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can't be identified - LBJ (the letters stand for Little Brown Job)? Or that builders call plastering the ceiling doing Lionel Richie's dancefloor? Susie Dent does. Ever wondered why football managers all speak the same way, what a cabbie calls the Houses of Parliament, or how ticket inspectors discreetly request back-up? We are surrounded by hundreds of tribes, each speaking their own distinct slanguage of colourful words, jokes and phrases, honed through years of conversations on the battlefield, in A&E, backstage, or at ten-thousand feet in the air. Susie Dent has spent years interviewing hundreds of professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and the result is an idiosyncratic phrasebook like no other. From the Freemason's handshake to the publican's banter, Dent's Modern Tribes takes us on a whirlwind tour of Britain, decoding its secret languages and, in the process, finds out what really makes us all tick.

Adventures with Britannia

Adventures with Britannia
Author: William Roger Louis
Pages: 342
ISBN: 029274689X
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Release: 1996
Editor: I.B. Tauris
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Assembling the reflections of prominent writers on the political and intellectual history of modern Britain, this book deals with a rich variety of themes, some familiar, many unexpected, taking the reader on a highly engaging excursion through British life and intellectual biography. The scope includes not only the personalities, politics and culture of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but also the interaction of British and other societies throughout the world.

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island
Author: Bill Bryson
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062417435
Available:
Release: 2015-06-02
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

Masters and Servants

Masters and Servants
Author: Scott P. Stephen
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781772124972
Available:
Release: 2020-01-09
Editor: University of Alberta
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Masters and Servants, Scott P. Stephen reveals startling truths about Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) workers. Rather than dedicating themselves body and soul to the Company’s interests, these men were hired like domestic servants, joining a “household” with its attendant norms of duty and loyalty. The household system produced a remarkably stable political-economic entity, connecting early North American resource extraction to larger trends in British imperialism. Through painstaking research, Stephen shines welcome light on the lives of these largely overlooked individuals. An essential book for labour historians, Masters and Servants will appeal to scholars of early modern Britain, the North American fur trade, Western social history, business history, and anyone intrigued by the reach of the HBC.

Pacific Strife

Pacific Strife
Author: Kees van Dijk
Pages: 523
ISBN: 9789048516193
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Release: 2015-03-14
Editor: Amsterdam University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, colonial powers clashed over much of Central and East Asia: Great Britain and Germany fought over New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Fiji, and Samoa; France and Great Britain competed over control of continental Southwest Asia; and the United States annexed the Philippines and Hawaii. Meanwhile, the possible disintegration of China and Japan’s growing nationalism added new dimensions to the rivalries. Surveying these and other international developments in the Pacific basin during the three decades preceding World War I, Kees van Dijk traces the emergence of superpowers during the colonial race and analyzes their conduct as they struggled for territory. Extensive in scope, Pacific Strife is a fascinating look at a volatile moment in history.

Waterlog

Waterlog
Author: Roger Deakin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781446442852
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Release: 2011-05-31
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

‘Roger Deakin is the perfect companion for an invigorating armchair swim. Engaging, thoughtful and candid’ Telegraph Waterlog celebrates the magic of water and the beauty and eccentricity of Britain. In 1996 Roger Deakin, the late, great nature writer, set out to swim through the British Isles. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain. Detained by water bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estuary by coastguards, mistaken for a suicide on Camber sands, confronting the Corryvreckan whirlpool in the Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens. This is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

Myths Politicians and Money

Myths  Politicians and Money
Author: B. Gould
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781137358639
Available:
Release: 2013-09-16
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bryan Gould draws on his experience as a leading British politician and as a lawyer, academic, diplomat and television journalist to explain why the political and economic doctrines that have dominated the western world for three decades have meant that western countries have found that their democratic governments no longer serve them well.

Insurgent Empire

Insurgent Empire
Author: Priyamvada Gopal
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781784784157
Available:
Release: 2019-06-25
Editor: Verso Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies, from the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India. In addition, a pivotal role in fomenting resistance was played by anticolonial campaigners based in London, right at the heart of empire. Much has been written on how colonized peoples took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. Insurgent Empire sets the record straight in demonstrating that these people were much more than victims of imperialism or, subsequently, the passive beneficiaries of an enlightened British conscience—they were insurgents whose legacies shaped and benefited the nation that once oppressed them.