Little Englanders

Alwyn Turner


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Profile Books Ltd
22 February 2024
ISBN: 9781800815308
400 pages

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An authoritative and entertaining history of the Edwardian age, told through its politics and popular culture

'The very best sort of panoramic portrait' David Kynaston

'The Edwardians have long been the lost decade of British history, yet they are that history at its climax. Alwyn Turner sets the record straight, bringing its characters, strains and stresses brilliantly to life' Simon Jenkins

'Britain's most electrifying contemporary social historian conjures the forgotten country of more than a century ago ... fiercely recommended' Alan Moore

When Queen Victoria died in 1901 it was the end of an era. Britain's dominance stretched across seven continents and its ruling classes were wealthier than ever before. Many later remembered the decade or so that followed as the long afternoon of an empire where the sun never set. Yet the Edwardians themselves were acutely aware that the country was in a state of flux; the seismic change that they felt would transform modern Britain forever.

In Little Englanders, Alwyn Turner reconsiders the Edwardian era as a time of profound social change, with the rise of women's suffrage and the labour movement, unrest in Ireland and the Boer republics, scandals in parliament and culture wars at home. He tells the story of the Edwardians through music halls and male beauty contests, the real Peaky Blinders and the 1908 Summer Olympics. In this colourful, detailed and hugely entertaining social historyTurner shows that, though the golden Victorian age was in the past, the birth of modern Britain was only just beginning.