[Ebook] The Fateful Year By Mark Bostridge – Marjoriejane.co.uk



10 thoughts on “The Fateful Year

  1. says:

    A fascinating snapshot of England prior to and at the start of WW I Written in an easy to read manner drawing on diaries, newspapers etc the author starts each chapter with a different person s story and worldview Especially interesting if you have watched period movies or Downton Abbey Well done


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    Was a lovely mix between fascinating factual history, and light entertaining stories to capture general feeling of a country about to enter the terrible destruction of World War I, alongside the rest of the world It takes a beautifully tragic snapshot of a new, idealistic and optimistic world that was broken in the crucible of conflict It was a world vibrant with culture, art, new political philosophies and a boundless confidence in the powers of commerce, culture and Christianity to carve a brave new future There is little written about the impact of Britain s vast empire and how it contributed to the cultural fabric of England in 1914, as there is a tight focus on England The book feels all the poignant if the reader has some small knowledge of the war that would claim millions of lives and the aftermath of the conflict, a conflict which debased the currencies of Europe that had held strong for hundreds of years and which sparked a chain of in...


  3. says:

    this was this month s pick for book club, I really really tried my hardest to enjoy reading It, but for all my best efforts I have had to give up.I aren t a great lover of factual books anyway unless it is something I really really love but the way he has wr...


  4. says:

    Not so much a book about war, but about what was going on around it in 1914, and the impact After I finished reading it, I wanted Mark Bostridge to have written another few books to cover the war in the same way It was nice and nice isn t really the wor...


  5. says:

    We are now in the 100th year anniversary of the Great War, and some excellent books have been published Some look at the war in total, but some concentrates on parts of the war, usually divided by the year Mark Bostridge has written a superb book about the first year of the war, The Fateful Year England 1914.The year 1914 was noteworthy even before the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in late June Britain was awash with suffragettes protesting for the vote for women These women were not afraid to destroy public property particularly in the nation s art galleries or go to jail for their crimes While there, they often starved themselves and the authorities force fed these women The Irish Question was a hot topic, both politically and militarily, and it seemed everybody had a solution The Liberal Prime Minister, Herbert Henry Asquith, was in love with a young woman who was not his wife, Margot, and he spent hours a day pouring out his heart to her in letters If you d like to read about Asquith and his in love with love , look for the book, Margot at War Love and Betrayal in Downing Street , by Anne de Courcy With war declared in early August, Bostridge looks at the military enlistments and how different events either spurred on enlistments or hindered them Certainly being presented with a White Feather by a young woman who taunts a man she doesn t think is in the military was a tactless way of accusing that man of cowardice without knowing all the facts Bostridg...


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    A very interesting review of one of the most momentous years in British history, seen through the eyes of ordinary people, politicians and people in power.We complain of 2016 being a bad year, but of course it was nothing compared to 1914 But what struck me was how blindly the population stumbled into war, even as late as July most were unaware conflict was likely Senior politicians were blithely assuming Britain would stay out and it would be a European mainland war with Britain remaining neutral.The causes of the first world war is a fascinating field, not least because it could happen again The jingoism and sheer pomposity of establishment figures on all sides had a lot to answer for It s worrying when you can see modern similarities, and how when nationalism and propaganda run out of control, it doesn t take much to tip over the edge.This book charts events month by month At first it is all domestic issues Contrary to popular belief, the pre war years were turbulent and divisive Civil war was on the point of breaking out in Ireland, suffragettes were becoming ever militant and industrial action breaking out everywhere It makes you wonder what would have happened if there had been no war, and it struck me that in some sections of the country it must have been a welcome diversion Though not to Asquith incidentally, who seemed as horrified as anyon...


  7. says:

    This is a truly awesome book I know a lot about the events of 1914, and WWI in general, but much of what is recounted in The Fateful Year I knew only as dot points Other matters, such as the controversy over the use of the word bloody in the first staging of Pygmalion, I knew nothing about Mr Bostridge has hugely fleshed out my knowledge, and made me eager to learn there s a brilliant bibliographical essay for others like me Top of my to be read next list is the letters of PM As...


  8. says:

    This is an excellent book that gives both a micro and macro look at the year 1914 in England Bostridge masterfully charts the progress of this pivotal year which starts with activities of the militant suffragettes and troubles in Ireland as well as a domestic murder who done it and moves inextricably to the looming clouds of war and then shows how everything became focused on the war effort in those first months of the bloodiest war to end all wars B...


  9. says:

    A good social history of the pivotal year 1914 in England Obviously it can t cover everything, but it does open a window into the time, and provides a useful reminder that actual life, whenever and wherever we take our focus, is rich, nuanced, and diverse lived by real people and not by historical caricatures In the case of England in 1914, I got the sense that while WWI wasn t inevitable, perhaps given modern art, increasingly militant trades unions and suffragettes ...


  10. says:

    not just a run up to the war but an overview of the signs of the times in 1914 England From the start of the year, the significant events and exemplars of public thought are explored one or two myths exploded not that good a summer weather wise etc, some politics but also theatre, Ireland, aeroplanes especially as that becomes important in warfare, the suffrage movement, spies and national security, private lives of Asquith and oth...


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The Fateful Year download The Fateful Year , read online The Fateful Year , kindle ebook The Fateful Year , The Fateful Year 38828fc1da91 The Fateful Year Is The Story Of England In 1914 War With Germany, So Often Imagined And Predicted, Finally Broke Out When People Were Least Prepared For It Here, Among A Crowded Cast Of Unforgettable Characters, Are Suffragettes, Armed With Axes, Destroying Works Of Art, Schoolchildren Going On Strike In Support Of Their Teachers, And Celebrity Aviators Thrilling Spectators By Looping The Loop A Theatrical Diva Prepares To Shock Her Audience, While An English Poet In The Making Sets Out On A Midsummer Railway Journey That Will Result In The Creation Of A Poem That Remains Loved And Widely Known To This Day With The Coming Of War, England Is Beset By Rumour And Foreboding There Is Hysteria About German Spies, Fears Of Invasion, While Patriotic Women Hand Out White Feathers To Men Who Have Failed To Rush To Their Country S Defence In The Book S Final Pages, A Bomb Falls From The Air Onto British Soil For The First Time, And People Live In Expectation Of Air Raids As 1914 Fades Out, England Is Preparing Itself For The Prospect Of A War Of Long Duration.