Going South pp 15-49 | Cite as

June 1914: A snapshot as the storm breaks



The scene: the servants’ quarters in the country seat of a member of the peerage. The date: 31 July 1914. The credits roll as the cook ladles out the stew and the butler explains to the staff that the master and his important chums are in a flap about some ‘archduke who has got himself shot in foreign parts’. The United Kingdom’s declaration of war against Germany is just days away, and as the ratings constantly prove, there is nothing the television addict likes better, with the sole exception perhaps of a full-blown Jane Austen adaptation, than a story of how the horrors of the Western Front brought an end not just to the long Edwardian summer but to the United Kingdom’s century of global dominance.


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