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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.

 
 
 
 
 Capital of the World: A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties
 

Capital of the World: A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

David Wallace.
 
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In the same absorbing style of his Lost Hollywood, David Wallace here presents the ...(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 Bolter: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous
 

The Bolter: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous "Happy Valley Set"

Frances Osborne.
 
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 Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 18301890
 

Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 18301890

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.
 
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An 18th-century French scholar once attributed the British tendency toward eccentricity to a ...(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)

 
 The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
 

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

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)

 
 
 The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars
 

The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars

Richard Overy.
 
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The Wolfson Prize–winning author of The Dictators offers this remarkable analysis of ...(Read More)

 
 The Young Victoria
 

The Young Victoria

Alison Plowden.
 
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"I delight in this work," wrote the young Victoria shortly after she became Britain's ...(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, 18982009
 

The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 18982009

Harry Patch & 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors
 

Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors

Richard Holmes.
 
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From the redcoat who served Charles II to the modern, camouflage-clad guard at Camp Bastion, from ...(Read More)

 
 Coco Before Chanel
 

Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tautou, Benoit 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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