The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
The haunting account of Britain on the cusp of total war - reissued for the 2014 Centenary
The last government in the Western world to possess all the attributes of aristocracy in working condition took office in England in June of 1895 . . .
In this now classic work, Pulitzer prize-winning historian Barbara Tuchman explores the quarter century leading up to the First World War, from the dying embers of the British aristocracy to the fitful eruptions of the anarchist movement. She provides a compelling portrait of the key figures and conflicting ideologies of this time, giving an intimate view of an epoch that was soon to be swept away by the tide of history.
Praise for The Proud Tower
Tuchman has a gift of recreating a period and a mood by an inspired selection of detail and sheer narrative sweep. A volcano of a bookEvening Standard
Impeccable scholarship and literary polish. Impossible to read without pleasure and admirationNew York Times
Tuchman tells her story with cool wit and warm understandingTime