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

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Juliet Nicolson

Queen Mary's diary and the recollections of an under-chauffeur to the Portuguese ambassador are two of the disparate sources Nicholson (The Perfect Summer) uses in her anecdotal account of the period between the end of WWI on November 11, 1918, and the … see full wiki

Author: Juliet Nicolson
Genre: History
Publisher: Grove Press
2 reviews about The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow...
review by . September 19, 2010
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, I think it's pretty much indisputable now that it, and not the second war that followed, was the watershed event of the bloody and unmourned twentieth century. Just as significant as -- and ultimately longer-lasting than -- the political changes that grew out of the war were the social changes that reshaped life in Britain and on the continent. Although we Americans experienced some of these changes, we were (blessedly) largely …
review by . July 02, 2010
This book is an excellent companion to this author's previous work "The Perfect Summer", which tells of life in England in the last years before the tragedy of the war. Here we are told the tales of what occurred to people in the aftermath of that conflict, and on to the second anniversary of the Armistice on Novemger 11, 1920, when the body of Britain's Unknown Soldier was entombed in Westminster Abbey.    We are given glimpses of the lives of many people, from the highest levels …
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