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The world had become a very different place by 1920. Following the end of the Great War (no one guessed that it would one day be called World War I) and the ravages of the "Spanish Flu" (which claimed millions more lives around the world), many sought to abolish the old order and build a newer, better way to live. Here you can read about new inventions, new ways of thinking, and that strange and fascinating new creature known as the flapper, all of which marked the 1920s as the first truly modern era in Britain. But here too is the other side of the coin, so often seen in dramas like Downton Abbey—that dogged determination to hold onto the prestige of royalty, the pageant of tradition, and all of the civilized manners that made England so English.

 
 
 
 
 The Forsyte Saga: Series One
 

The Forsyte Saga: Series One

Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Ioan Grufudd, Rupert Graves, Corin Redgrave & others. Christopher Menaul & David Moore, directors.
 
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Leading an exciting young cast in this adaptation of novelist John Galsworthy's celebrated ...(Read More)

 
 The Forsyte Saga: Series Two
 

The Forsyte Saga: Series Two

Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Rupert Graves, Emma Griffiths Malin, Lee Williams & others. Andy Wilson, director.
 
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Based on the final volume of novelist John Galsworthy's celebrated trilogy about Britain's ...(Read More)

 
 Lilies
 

Lilies

Kerrie Hayes, Leanne Rowe, Catherine Tyldesley, Brian McCardie, Daniel Rigby, Scot Williams & others.
 
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Each of the three Moss girls—"my lilies" as their father calls them—makes her ...(Read More)

 
 Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830–1890
 

Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830–1890

Peter Pagnamenta.
 
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 Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s
 

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

Frederick Lewis Allen.
 
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 Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics
 

Curing Hiccups with Small Fires: A Delightful Miscellany of Great British Eccentrics

Karl Shaw.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
An 18th-century French scholar once attributed the British tendency toward eccentricity to a ...(Read More)

 
 Empire Marketing: Poster for the British Empire: 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (27 x 18 inches)
 

Empire Marketing: Poster for the British Empire: 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (27 x 18 inches)

Hugh Williams. Susan Koop, design.
 
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Inspired by the British Union Jack, this 1935 poster image by Hugh Williams imagines the far-flung ...(Read More)

 
 Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa
 

Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

Martin Meredith.
 
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The prize was great—not just land, but the riches it held, in the form of diamonds and ...(Read More)

 
 The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age
 

The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age

Juliet Nicolson.
 
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In this superb follow-up to her detailed snapshot of pre-World War I England, The Perfect ...(Read More)

 
 Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
 

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Daniel Okrent.
 
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"[Daniel] Okrent, who has rescued an important, relevant, and colorful chapter of American ...(Read More)

 
 
 The King's Speech
 

The King's Speech

Mark Logue & Peter Conradi.
 
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Lionel Logue was a self-taught and virtually unknown speech therapist. Yet it was this outgoing, ...(Read More)

 
 The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy
 

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

David Cannadine.
 
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At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most ...(Read More)

 
 The Great Swim
 

The Great Swim

Gavin Mortimer.
 
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"In 1926, when Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, the event ...(Read More)

 
 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
 

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Mads Mikkelson, Anna Mouglalis, Elena Morozova & others. Jan Kounen, director.
 
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This glamorous 2009 biopic about two revolutionary artists begins in 1913 with Coco Chanel ...(Read More)

 
 The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898–2009
 

The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898–2009

Harry Patch, with Richard van Emden.
 
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"We came across a lad from A company. He was ripped open from his shoulder to his waist by ...(Read More)

 
 
 To Win a War: 1918, The Year of Victory
 

To Win a War: 1918, The Year of Victory

John Terraine.
 
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For the war-weary Allies, 1918 was a galvanizing year of victory, as the author of Douglas Haig: ...(Read More)

 
 Best of British Memorabilia Set
 

Best of British Memorabilia Set

 
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Anglophiles, rejoice! This 4-DVD collection celebrates all things British with Britain in the ...(Read More)

 
 The Churchills: In Love and War
 

The Churchills: In Love and War

Mary S. Lovell.
 
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The biographer of Beryl Markham and the Mitford sisters here presents the epic story of one of ...(Read More)

 
 Coco Before Chanel
 

Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tautou, Benôit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola & others. Anne Fontaine, director.
 
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Audrey Tautou received a César (French Oscar) nomination for her intriguing portrait of the ...(Read More)

 
   
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