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The Edwardians

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This richly illustrated book, a companion volume to Mr. Priestley's widely read study of the regency period.
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published 1970 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Jill Hutchinson
May 03, 2010 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it
Shelves: world-history
J.B. Priestley, who wrote one of my favorite books An Inspector Calls, takes on a period piece from a time in which he lived.....the age of Edward VII and the time leading up to WWI. The book covers every aspect of life during that transition from Victorian to Edwardian and how it affected the lives of the citizens of the Empire that was Britain. He writes about such disparate events as the Dr.Crippen murder case, the Sydney Street Massacre, Home Rule, Prime Ministers, and the high life of the r ...more
Mar 18, 2009 Joe rated it liked it
I confess I got this for the pictures. The text is very smoothly written as you'd expect from Priestley, but there are much better Edwardian histories out there. The photographs, paintings and posters that illustrate it are excellent, however, and by themselves made it worth borrowing from the library.
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Sep 28, 2014 False Millennium rated it really liked it
This book sets the standard on the subject matter...that last golden summer in England before World War I. It's knowledgable, evocative, hauntingly poetic. High on my list for this era.
Feb 23, 2013 Fiona rated it really liked it
An enjoyable account of various aspects of the Edwardian period, the personal anecdotes bringing the times more alive than a dry account would. The illustrations are excellent too.
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Sep 21, 2011 Robert Boyle rated it really liked it
A good short overview of the period, from a presonal perspective, so you may not agree with JBP's observations, but then he doesn't insist you should. Well illustrated.
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John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going ...more
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