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Peace & War : Britain in 1914 (Reprint) (Paperback) (Nigel Jones)
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A gripping portrait of life in Britain in a year that shook Europe to its foundations
1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent hue; and suspicions of Germany's ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of "invasion scare" literature. Then when shots rang out in Sarajevo on June 28th, they set in motion a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany. Nigel Jones depicts every facet of a year that changed Britain for ever. From gun-running in Ulster to an attack by suffragettes on a Velasquez painting in the National Gallery; from the launch of HMHS Britannic to cricketer J.T. Hearne's 3,000th first-class wicket; from the opening of London's first nightclub to the embarking for Belgium of the BEF, he traces the events of a momentous year, its benign domestic beginnings to its descent into the nightmare of European war.