PAGEANT OF ENGLAND 1840-1940 by Arthur Bryant
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A cavalcade of English history, with an individual interpretation. The past hundred years viewed in its economic, cultural, political and social aspects, with the emphasis on the first sixty years in which the seeds were planted in a land ""where wealth accumulates and man decay"". Victoria's reign with its material triumphs, picturesque description of the English character in all classes, an interpretative tracing of the social evolution and an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of England. Here is a sage of the temper of a people whose tenets of freedom led to excessive private profiteering and social crimes to which now they must ""face up"". ""The key to a nation's future is in her past"" is his thesis, and he underlines the significance of the changes he describes and balances for a favorable outcome rooted in the natural and conscious virtues of the people. A long, often fascinating, frequently controversial bank. For thoughtful reading, for those who accept the fact that the supreme war aim and peace aim today is to achieve a society based on human values not on profits.

Pub Date: March 5th, 1941
Publisher: Harper