After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World

TUE, NOV 8, 2005 (53:07)

The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson charts Britain’s rise to world dominance. In his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how, in little more than a generation, Britain’s power and influence in the world virtually dissolved. Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era, stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s. He offers riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Communist Revolution and explains Britain’s role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East, casting a new light on the World War II years. Wilson’s perspective is not confined to the trenches of the battlefield and the halls of parliament: he also examines the parallel story of the beginnings of Modernism, looking at novelists, philosophers, poets, and painters to see what they reveal about the activities of the politicians, scientists, and generals. Blending military, political, social, and cultural history, A.N. Wilson offers an absorbing portrait of the decline of one of the world’s great powers.

+ BIO: A.N. Wilson

Andrew Norman Wilson, is an English writer, known for his critical biographies, novels and works of popular and cultural history. He is also a columnist for the London Evening Standard and was an occasional contributor to the Daily Mail, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer. A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his fiction. He lives in North London.

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