The Great Silence

The Great Silence

Britain From the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age

Book - 2009
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Juliet Nicolson pieces together colorful personalities, historic moments, and intimate details to create a social history of the two years following the Great War in Britain. Not since Nicolson's The Perfect Summer have we seen an account that so vividly captures a nation's psyche at a particular moment in history.
The euphoria of Armistice Day 1918 vaporizes to reveal the carnage that war has left in its wake. But from Britain's despair emerges new life. For veterans with faces demolished in the trenches, surgeon Harold Gillies brings hope with his miraculous skin-grafting procedure. Women win the vote, skirt hems leap, and Brits forget their troubles at packed dance halls. The remains of a nameless soldier are laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey. "The Great Silence," observed in memory of the countless dead, halts citizens in silent reverence.
Nicolson crafts her narrative using a lively cast of characters: from an aging butler to a pair of newlyweds, from the Prince of Wales to T.E. Lawrence, the real-life Lawrence of Arabia. The Great Silence depicts a nation fighting the forces that threaten to tear it apart and discovering the common bonds that hold it together.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780802119445
0802119441
Branch Call Number: History 941.083 Nic

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athompson10 Aug 17, 2014

This book is a series of anecdotes strung together to illustrate Britain for two years after the Armistice in 1918. This is not an academic work but "history lite."

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