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England and the War   By: (1861-1922)

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England and the War by Walter Alexander Raleigh offers a fascinating and insightful analysis of England's role in World War I. Raleigh, a renowned historian, presents a comprehensive examination of the political, social, and cultural impact of the war on the nation.

One of the book’s strengths is the depth of research conducted by the author. Raleigh expertly weaves together primary sources, personal accounts, and official records, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of England's involvement in the war. His meticulous attention to detail allows the reader to experience the conflict through the eyes of those who lived it, capturing the range of emotions and perspectives that emerged during this tumultuous period.

Furthermore, Raleigh's prose is engaging and accessible, making the book highly readable even for those without a background in history. He seamlessly intertwines historical facts with insightful analysis, effectively contextualizing the events and providing readers with a clear understanding of the broader implications of the war. Through his compelling narrative, Raleigh manages to both educate and entertain, keeping the reader captivated from beginning to end.

One of the most valuable aspects of this book is how it delves beyond the military aspects of the war. Raleigh devotes significant attention to exploring the impact of the conflict on the home front, shedding light on the social and economic transformations that occurred in England during this time. By examining the experiences of civilians, women, and workers, Raleigh presents a more holistic picture of the war and its consequences for both individuals and society as a whole.

England and the War also succeeds in challenging commonly held beliefs and assumptions about this period. Raleigh's nuanced analysis invites readers to question preconceived notions about the war and its impact on England. Through his detailed exploration of primary sources, he reveals the complex realities that often contradict the simplistic narratives often perpetuated about the conflict.

If there is one area for improvement, it would be the book's organization. At times, the narrative can feel slightly disjointed, jumping between different aspects of the war. A more clear and structured framework would have enhanced the overall readability and coherence of the book.

In conclusion, England and the War is an outstanding contribution to the study of World War I and its impact on England. Raleigh's meticulous research, engaging prose, and thoughtful analysis offer readers a rich and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of this period. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this pivotal moment in history, and it is bound to leave a lasting impression on those who delve into its pages.

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delivered during the war and now first collected







MIGHT IS RIGHT First published as one of the Oxford Pamphlets, October 1914.

THE WAR OF IDEAS An Address to the Royal Colonial Institute, December 12, 1916.

THE FAITH OF ENGLAND An Address to the Union Society of University College, London, March 22, 1917.

SOME GAINS OF THE WAR An Address to the Royal Colonial Institute, February 13, 1918.

THE WAR AND THE PRESS A Paper read to the Essay Society, Eton College, March 14, 1918.

SHAKESPEARE AND ENGLAND The Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the British Academy, delivered July 4, 1918.


This book was not planned, but grew out of the troubles of the time. When, on one occasion or another, I was invited to lecture, I did not find, with Milton's Satan, that the mind is its own place; I could speak only of what I was thinking of, and my mind was fixed on the War. I am unacquainted with military science, so my treatment of the War was limited to an estimate of the characters of the antagonists.

The character of Germany and the Germans is a riddle. I have seen no convincing solution of it by any Englishman, and hardly any confident attempt at a solution which did not speak the uncontrolled language of passion... Continue reading book >>

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