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The year has, indeed, begun in gloom The King ill, and Kipling dead so wrote the diarist Chips Channon in 1936 as George V lay on his deathbed at Buckingham Palace The passing of two such pillars of the establishment sent tremors through the nation and heralded the ending of the old order 1936 was to be an extraordinary year at home social and constitutional cr The year has, indeed, begun in gloom The King ill, and Kipling dead so wrote the diarist Chips Channon in 1936 as George V lay on his deathbed at Buckingham Palace The passing of two such pillars of the establishment sent tremors through the nation and heralded the ending of the old order 1936 was to be an extraordinary year at home social and constitutional crisis threatened, while in Europe, the dictators were on the march It was the year of the abdication and civil war in Spain The tectonic plates of history were shifting Britain would never be the same again The Last Dance is told using the accounts of those who lived through this turbulent period Through extracts from diaries of shopkeepers, socialites, bishops, and volunteers in Spain, and the memoirs of the unemployed, housewives and hostesses, as well as the contemporary accounts of politicians, journalists and poets, Blakeway offers a compelling and vivid account of a turning point in our nation s story.
  • Title: The Last Dance: 1936, the Year Our Lives Changed
  • Author: Denys Blakeway
  • ISBN: 9780719523939
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback

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Geevee Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
Seventy five years ago this month King Edward VIII abidicated ending his short reign of 326 days in a year that saw three kings on the throne, and tested Britain's constitution and her politicians to near breaking point. Denis Blakeway's book starts with national loss with King George V and Rudyard Kipling dying. It ends too reflecting on loss: that of a man who could have been a modernising king, young britons killed fighting in Spain and Crystal Palace, a national treasure, burning down.In bet [...]
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Jill Meyer Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
Denys Blakeway has taken Britain in a single year, 1936, and written a marvelous history. It's the best history book I've read this year in terms of writing and research. Maybe one of the best I've ever read. The book is not yet available in the US; I read a copy I had sent to me from the UK.The year 1936 was the fulcrum year in the 1930's. The year began with the death of King George V in January, which was an "orchestrated death", easing the ailing monarch to the next world in time to make cov [...]
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Val Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
Although the author uses quotes from contemporary diarists and memoirs, this is very much a history written with hindsight, informed and well researched hindsight. It is written in a pleasant, informative, well argued style, with enough information to get a good overall picture, but not so much detail that it becomes overwhelming. It covers the abdication crisis, the looming threat of fascism, the Spanish Civil War and the Berlin Olympics but also a few of the trends of the time which were later [...]
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Jill Hutchinson Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
I loved this book which was recommended to me by a GR friend. It covers the pivotal year of 1936 when the world was poised on the brink of WWII and Britain was facing some difficult decisions. The book cover the major incidents which were affecting the country: the Jarrow march, the abdication of Edward VIII, Churchill's political position, Hitler's rise to power, unemployment, appeasement, and the Spanish Civil War. The author uses diaries and personal reminiscences of those who lived through t [...]
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Mary Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
11th - 15th June 2015 Brilliant2011 - My favourite era, the 1930's. 1936 is the year of the three kings to me, but of course much, much more happened. Although that is the main focus, it isn't just an chronological analysis of the year. A brilliant read.
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Dana Mees-athuring Oct 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM
That rarest of things: readable, well-written history.
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The Last Dance: 1936, the Year Our Lives Changed By Denys Blakeway The year has, indeed, begun in gloom The King ill, and Kipling dead so wrote the diarist Chips Channon in 1936 as George V lay on his deathbed at Buckingham Palace The passing of two such pillars of the establishment sent tremors through the nation and heralded the ending of the old order 1936 was to be an extraordinary year at home social and constitutional cr The year has, indeed, begun in gloom The King ill, and Kipling dead so wrote the diarist Chips Channon in 1936 as George V lay on his deathbed at Buckingham Palace The passing of two such pillars of the establishment sent tremors through the nation and heralded the ending of the old order 1936 was to be an extraordinary year at home social and constitutional crisis threatened, while in Europe, the dictators were on the march It was the year of the abdication and civil war in Spain The tectonic plates of history were shifting Britain would never be the same again The Last Dance is told using the accounts of those who lived through this turbulent period Through extracts from diaries of shopkeepers, socialites, bishops, and volunteers in Spain, and the memoirs of the unemployed, housewives and hostesses, as well as the contemporary accounts of politicians, journalists and poets, Blakeway offers a compelling and vivid account of a turning point in our nation s story.

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