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    • England’s Holy War
      Irene Cooper Willis
      England's Holy War - A Study of English Liberal Idealism During the Great War tells the story of the compromises and self-fuelled illusions by British Liberal opinion as it was reflected in the newspapers that represented it during the First World War. England's Holy War is a first rate study in national psychology and a narrative of the war by a Liberal pacifist who remained consistent with her original ideas, and not willing to compromise.

      Pages 385
      Format: epub + mobi
      ISBN 9788897527503 Anno 2020
    • Ebook Price € 4


    • Irene Cooper Willis
      Irene Cooper Willis (1882-1970) was a British literary scholar and barrister. She was educated at Girton College, Cambridge where she graduated with a BA in 1904. As a barrister, she was a member of the Inner Temple and Lincoln's Inn. Willis wrote biographies of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Florence Nightingale and the Brontës. In England's Holy War analysed how Liberals, upon the outbreak of the First World War, abandoned their pacifism and supported the war effort with a crusading spirit
      Birth 1882
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    • BACK COVER
      England's Holy War tells the story of the compromises of conscience and self-fuelled illusions by British Liberal opinion as it was reflected in the newspapers that represented it during the First World War, in particular the Daily News and the Manchester Guardian, and is a first rate contribution to the problem of consent to the Great War, the immense and generalized consent that for various reasons the politically literate population of the whole of Europe gave their country's participation in the war. The discussion vividly reveals the state of consciousness, throughout the war, of the Liberal half of England forced to comply with a war that contradicted all the principles for which it had committed itself until on the day of England's involvement.
      In this context, on August 3, 1914, the Liberal press was still looking for the coherence of things within the framework of its vision: the German invasion of Luxembourg was an understandable tactical move given the threat impending on Germany from East and West, on which the Manchester Guardian wrote "we deeply regret it but we understand" (p. 58). On August 6, after the war was declared, the Manchester Guardian repeated again that everything was a mistake, but added "Being in, we must win", which would be the formula that would accompany England for the whole duration of the war.
      From now on the war became holy, the war that would bring democracy and the transparency of democratic methods in the world, "the war to end war", and this idealistic motivation claim would accompany the Liberals for all subsequent events while remaining tolerated by conservatives, although they would never make it their own. The great prophet of this Gospel was the socialist and utopian writer H. G. Wells, who began on August 7 a constant work of defamation of Germany under the banner of the "sword of peace". With this leitmotif, i.e. attention to the stratagems of English Liberals to justify their actions against their principles, the book tells the whole war, and in particular the refusal of the negotiated peace that would have been possible in 1917 and the ignoble chapter of the armistice, the vengeful blockade on Germany and the punitive peace treaties. England's Holy War is a first rate study in national psychology and a narrative of the war by a Liberal pacifist who remained consistent with the original ideas, and not willing to compromise.
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
      Editor’s Foreword
      Notes for the 2020 electronic edition
      England’s Holy War
      Original title page
      Dedication
      Foreword by J. A. Hobson
      Preface
      Part One - Going into the War
      Preface to Part One (as First Published)
      1. Pre-War Feeling
      2. The Leader Writers
      3. The Holy War
      4. The “Reason” of It
      Part Two - Getting On with the War
      Preface to Part Two (as First Published)
      5. Some Illusions of
      6. The Beginning of the Blockade
      7. The Mobilisation of Neutrals
      8. Conscription
      9. The Russian Revolution, the Coming In of America, and the Peace of Brest-Litovsk
      10. Towards the End
      Part Three - Coming Out of the War
      Preface to Part Three (as First Published)
      11. Is It Peace?
      12. The Armistice
      13. The Opening of the Peace Conference
      14. Great Expectations
      15. Armistice Renewals
      16. Perplexities
      17. The Last Act
      Books, Documents, Periodicals and Newspapers Noted
      Index
      Back Cover
      Irene Cooper Willis

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