The End Was Coming

The Twilight Years
The Paradox of Britain between the Wars
Richard Overy
Viking, $35, 522 pp.

This history of Great Britain between the World Wars chronicles the British response—social, intellectual, and cultural—to the crisis touched off by the catastrophic events of 1914–18. The Great War had shattered belief in progress, creating a morbid sense, especially pronounced among educated and politically engaged Britons, that the world was entering a new Dark Age. The mood of the day was one of gloom and doom. Civilization seemed hell-bent on doing itself in.

Richard Overy, a...

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About the Author

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies.