The Long Weekend. A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939
(London: The Folio Society, 2009). . Large 8vo in maroon slipcase; pictorial boards, lettered in white on spine; pp. xviii + (ii) + 412, incl. index; plates, incl. monochrome and colour photographs. Near-fine condition. "In June 1940 ... [the] straggling remains of the defeated British Expeditionary Force in France had limped back across the Channel, leaving their dead, their wounded and those taken prisoner, as well as most of their weapons and equipment, behind on the beaches of Dunkirk... It was at this moment that the British writer and poet, Robert Graves, with the help of another poet and historian, Alan Hodge, set out to encapsulate for their fellow countrymen and women the years that had passed since Britain was last at war with Germany. The Long Weekend, with its suggestion of leisure, of breathing space, of years out, is bookended by war. It starts with the Armistice: it ends with Hitler's failure to accept the British ultimatum to withdraw German troops from Poland, and the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's declaration at 11.15 on the morning of Sunday 3 September 1939 'that consequently this country is at war with Germany'.".
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Keywords: First . Second World . . Pastimes. Customs