Peace and war: Britain in 1914

Nigel Jones

1914 dawned with Britain at peace, although troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent hue; and suspicions of Germany's ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of ‘invasion scare' literature.

Then when shots rang out in Sarajevo on 28 June, they set in motion a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany.

British author Nigel Jones depicts every facet of a year that changed Britain for ever. From gun running in Ulster to an attack by suffragettes on a Velasquez painting in the National Gallery; from the launch of HMHS Britannic to cricketer J.T. Hearne's 30,00th first class wicket; from the opening of London's first nightclub to the embarking for Belgium of the British Expeditionary Force, he traces the events of a momentous year from its gentle domestic beginnings to its descent into the nightmare of European war.

Hard cover, photogarphs, 272 pages.