Margot Asquith s Great War Diary 1914 1916

... called F.S. Oliver wrote a book on the war and has republished it for 1/-—
Ordeal by Battle. ... (1915, republished, abridged, 1916) is not unfairly described
by Margot: well written, but marred by the accusation that the Liberals had failed
to ...

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Author: Michael Brock

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191009396

Category: History

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Margot Asquith was the wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister who led Britain into war in August 1914. Asquith's early war leadership drew praise from all quarters, but in December 1916 he was forced from office in a palace coup, and replaced by Lloyd George, whose career he had done so much to promote. Margot had both the literary gifts and the vantage point to create, in her diary of these years, a compelling record of her husband's fall from grace. An intellectual socialite with the airs, if not the lineage, of an aristocrat, Margot was both a spectator and a participant in the events she describes, and in public affairs could be an ally or an embarrassment - sometimes both. Her diary vividly evokes the wartime milieu as experienced in 10 Downing Street, and describes the great political battles that lay behind the warfare on the Western Front, in which Asquith would himself lose his eldest son. The writing teems with character sketches, including Lloyd George ('a natural adventurer who may make or mar himself any day'), Churchill ('Winston's vanity is septic'), and Kitchener ('a man brutal by nature and by pose'). Never previously published, this candid, witty, and worldly diary gives us a unique insider's view of the centre of power, and an introduction by Michael Brock, in addition to explanatory footnotes and appendices written with his wife Eleanor, provide the context and background information we need to appreciate them to the full.

Ordeal by Battle

But most of all he hated war when it was not inevitable—when with foresight and
courage it might have been averted—as in ... of Power' (June 1913); 'Germany
and the Prussian Spirit' (September 1914); 'The Schism of Europe' (March 1915).

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Author: Frederick Scott Oliver

Publisher: MACMILLAN AND CO

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It is hardly necessary to plead, in extenuation of those many faults which any impartial reader will discover in the following pages, the impossibility of discussing events which are unfolding themselves around us, in the same detached spirit as if we were dealing with past history. The greater part of this volume has been written in haste, and no one is more alive to its shortcomings than the author himself. Faults of style are a small matter, and will be easily forgiven. It has not been the aim to produce a work of literary merit, but solely to present a certain view of public affairs. It is to be hoped that actual errors of fact are rare. Inconsistencies however—or apparent inconsistencies—cannot be altogether avoided, even by careful revision. But the greatest difficulty of all is to keep a true sense of proportion. In Part I.—The Causes of War—an attempt has been made to state, very briefly, why it has hitherto proved impossible to eliminate the appeal to arms from human affairs; to set out the main incidents which occurred at the opening of the present European struggle; to explain the immediate occasions, as well as the more permanent and deep-seated causes, of this conflict; to consider some of the most glaring miscalculations which have arisen out of misunderstanding between nations. In Part II.—The Spirit of German Policy—an attempt has been made to understand the ambitions of our chief antagonist, and to trace the manner in which these ambitions have been fostered, forced, and corrupted by a priesthood of learned men. The relations which exist between this Pedantocracy and the Bureaucracy, the Army, the Rulers, and the People of Germany have been examined. It would appear that under an academic stimulus, healthy national ambitions have become morbid, have resulted in the discovery of imaginary grievances, and have led the Governing Classes of Germany to adopt a new code of morals which, if universally adhered to, would make an end of human society. On the other hand, it would also appear that the German People have accepted the policy of their rulers, without in any way accepting, or even understanding, the morality upon which this policy is founded. It is also important for us to realise the nature of the judgment—not altogether unjustified—which our enemies have passed upon the British character, and upon our policy and institutions. In Part III.—The Spirit of British Policy—our own political course since the beginning of the century has been considered—the difficulties arising out of the competition for priority between aims which are not in themselves antagonistic: between Social Reform, Constitutional Reform, and Imperial Defence—the confusion which has resulted from the inadequacy of one small parliament, elected upon a large variety of cross issues, for dealing with these diverse needs—the lowering of the tone of public life, the depreciation in the character of public men, which have come about owing to these two causes, and also to a third—the steadily increasing tyranny and corruption of the party machines. The aim of British Foreign Policy has been simply—Security. Yet we have failed to achieve Security, owing to our blindness, indolence, and lack of leadership. We have refused to realise that we were not living in the Golden Age; that Policy at the last resort depends on Armaments; that Armaments, to be effective for their purpose, must correspond with Policy. Political leaders of all parties up to the outbreak of the present war ignored these essentials; or if they were aware of them, in the recesses of their own consciousness, they failed to trust the People with a full knowledge of the dangers which threatened their Security, and of the means by which alone these dangers could be withstood. To be continue in this ebook...

Readers Guide

1915 . ... P 1167 Written by a German patriot , and originally published in
Switzerland . Gives an analysis of the critical events which preceded the
European war , and attributes the responsibility of the war to the German war
lords . MORGAN ...

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European War Collection

687 . 11 Oliver , F . S . Ordeal by battle . Lond . 1915 . . . . . . . . . . . WE20 . 687 . 12
Olģff , F . la Belgique sous le jon , ; . ... J . W . War and its issues ; an attempt at a
Christian judgment . Camb . ( Eng . ) 1915 . . . . . WE652 . 687 Omond , G . W . T ...

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Author: Princeton University. Library

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ISBN: UOM:39015070519353

Category: World War, 1914-1918

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The Letters of T S Eliot Volume 2 1923 1925

He was author of Alexander Hamilton (1906), The Ordeal of Battle (1915), and
The Endless Adventure, a study of parliament in the age of Walpole (3 vols, 1930
–5). 8–Lord Kerry. See TSE to RA, 20 Sept. 9–J. A. Smith (1863–1939): ...

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Author: T. S. Eliot

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571265381

Category: Literary Criticism

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Volume Two covers the early years of his editorship of The Criterion (the periodical that Eliot launched with Lady Rothermere's backing in 1922), publication of The Hollow Men and the course of Eliot's thinking about poetry and poetics after The Waste Land. The correspondence charts Eliot's intellectual journey towards conversion to the Anglican faith in 1927, as well as his transformation from banker to publisher, ending with his appointment as a director of the new publishing house of Faber & Gwyer, in late 1925, and the appearance of Poems 1909-1925, Eliot's first publication with the house with which he would be associated for the rest of his life. It was partly because of Eliot's profoundly influential work as cultural commentator and editor that the correspondence is so prolific and so various, and Volume Two of the Letters fully demonstrates the emerging continuities between poet, essayist, editor and letter-writer.

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Lond . 1916 . WE20.687.11 Oliver , F. s . Ordeal by battle . Lond . 1915 .. WE20.
687.12 Ponti , E. La guerra dei popoli e la ... .W E20.904 Toynbee , A. J.
Nationality & the war . Lond . 1915 .... ..WE20.909 Travers - Borgstroem , A. Le
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Author: Princeton University. Library

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The Life of Field Marshal Lord Roberts

D. French, British Strategy and War Aims 1914–1916 (London, 1986), p. 33.
Imperial War Museum, The 1912–1922 Memoirs of Captain M.D. Kennedy, OBE.
P. Marling ... 349. F.S. Oliver, Ordeal by Battle (London, 1915), preface, pp. xxiv–v
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Author: Rodney Atwood

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780938110

Category: History

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This biography of Field Marshal Lord Roberts charts a remarkable life that spanned the apogee of the British Empire. During a diverse career, Roberts won the Victoria Cross, planned the strategic defence of India, turned the tide of war in South Africa, introduced army reform and campaigned for National Service before 1914. Rodney Atwood explores his military career, in particular his role as a tactician and strategist in Afghanistan, Burma, the North-West frontier, South Africa and Europe, but also looks at Roberts as a symbol of Empire and explores his celebration in British culture.

Books on the Great War

... Bibliography of Literature Issued During the European Conflict Frederick
William Theodor Lange. Oliver , Frederick S . Ordeal by Battle . 1915 . Macmillan .
6s . n . “ An examination of the ordeal through which the British nation is passing .

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Author: Frederick William Theodor Lange

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Special collections

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Author: Princeton University. Library

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044089276802

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Branch Library News

1915 . Belloc , Hilaire . The elements of the great war ; the first phase . 1915 .
Contents : Part 1. The general causes of ... Reaction and denial . The philosophy
of militarism . Oliver , F. S. Ordeal by battle . 1915 . Contents : The causes of war .

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Author: New York Public Library

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A Finding List of Books on the War in the Library of Congress the New York Public Library and the Princeton University Library Together with a Number of Titles to be Found in Other Libraries J to Z

Ordeal by battle , by Frederick Scott Oliver ... London , Bs dos . BOON Sosaradnia
Maemillan and co . , lim . , 1915 . ON EU ( Canpowest wips . Petrograd , 1915,8 °
IL 437.23 and an explana Bor boyo p.165-172 ) хүP асл Pelb . inst ...

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Author: Princeton University. Library

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Politicians at War July 1914 to May 1915

1 Hirst to Sir John Brunner , 31 May 1915 , Brunner MSS . Hirst was soliciting
funds for the production of an anti - conscription pamphlet . 2 F . S . Oliver ,
Ordeal by Battle ( London , 1916 , abridged edition ) , p . Ii . The book had been
reprinted ...

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Author: Cameron Hazlehurst

Publisher: London : Cape

ISBN: UOM:39015014598042

Category: Great Britain

Page: 346

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Quarterly Bulletin of the Providence Public Library

13 - Nov . 1 , 1915 . The heel of war . 1916 . 204.70 Pub . 1915 . 878.90 A series
of articles first published in the New ... Ordeal by battle . 1915 . 204.69 tigation
into the circumstances attending the foundering on 28th March of the British This
 ...

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Author: Providence Public Library (R.I.)

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ISBN: UCAL:B2921298

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Bulletin

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Bulletin

Oliver , F. S. Ordeal by battle . 1915 . Pares , Bernard . Day by day with the
Russian army , 1914-1915 . 1915 . Pitt , W.O. Italy and the unholy alliance .
Sweetser , Arthur . Roadside glimpses of the great war . 1916 . A journalist's
impressions of ...

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Author: Syracuse Public Library (Syracuse, N.Y.)

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ISBN: UIUC:30112042819034

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The Encyclopedia Americana

All the official documents on the war are published by His Majesty's government ,
Collected Diplomatic Documents ... ( Documents 1914 ) and Ordeal by Battle (
1915 ) ; Price , M. P. , The Diplomatic History of the War ( 1914 ) ; Reventlow ...

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The Encyclopedia Americana

His success is one chief proof The first great trial of Canadiar arms was furnished
by Canada of the rapidity with which , to come six weeks later . In April 1915 , the
in conditions of war , the civilian soldier may resolve of the Germans was to ...

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Author: Alexander Hopkins McDannald

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ISBN: MINN:31951D005858257

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Book Bulletin

1915 . Merriam , George Spring . The life and times of Samuel Bowles . 1885. 2 v
. Oliver , Frederick Scott . Ordeal by battle . 1915 . Owen , Harold . Common
sense about the Shaw ; being a candid criticism of “ Common sense about the
war " ...

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