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The Decline of Power, 1915-1964
The Decline of Power, 1915-1964
By Robert Blake
Oxford University Press, 1985, 400 pp

One of England's leading historians-the biographer of Disraeli-writes a personal, splendidly evocative history of Britain from the horrors of the Great War to the end of empire in the aftermath of the Second World War. The focus is on the drama of political-military history, but he also cites a line from John Osborne's 1956 play Look Back in Anger: "Don't clap too hard, we're all in a very old building." A book, combining narrative and analysis, which should appeal to a wide general public.