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1919: Britain's year of revolution

1919: Britain's year of revolution

Webb, Simon (Historian), author

The little-known true story of rioting and rebellion among British veterans and workers after the end of World War I. On the August Bank Holiday of 1919, the government in London dispatched warships to the northern city of Liverpool in an overwhelming show of force. Thousands of troops, backed by tanks, had been trying without success to suppress disorder on the streets. Earlier that year in London, a thousand soldiers had marched on Downing Street before being disarmed by a battalion of the Grenadier Guards loyal to the government. In Luton that summer, the town hall was burned down by rioters before the army was brought in to restore order, and in Glasgow, artillery and tanks were positioned in the center of the city to deter what the secretary of state for Scotland described as a Bolshevik uprising. Industrial unrest and mutiny in the armed forces combined to produce the fear that Britain was facing, the same kind of situation which had led to the Russian Revolution two years earlier. Drawing chiefly upon contemporary sources, this book describes the sequence of events which looked as though they might be the precursor to a revolution along the lines of those sweeping across Europe at that time. To some observers, it seemed only a matter of time before Britain transformed itself from a constitutional monarchy into a Soviet Republic. "An extraordinary tale." -Battlefield

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Published Recorded Books 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Simon Webb
ISBN: 1473862868, 1473862876, 1473862884, 9781473862869, 9781473862876, 9781473862883
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (v, 170 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
Publisher Number: EB00755586
Subject: HISTORY Europe Great Britain.; Demonstrations Great Britain History 20th century.; Riots.; Great Britain.; Great Britain History George V, 1910-1936.; Demonstrations.; Riots Great Britain History 20th century.; Nineteen nineteen, A.D.
Alternative Title: Nineteen nineteen
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  1. Machine generated contents note

  2. ch. 1

    1. Demobilisation and The Domino Theory
  3. ch. 2

    1. British Invasion of Russia
  4. ch. 3

    1. Mutiny in the Armed Forces
  5. ch. 4

    1. Tanks on the Streets
  6. ch. 5

    1. Triple Alliance Flexes its Muscles
  7. ch. 6

    1. Summer of Discontent
  8. ch. 7

    1. Purging the Police
  9. ch. 8

    1. Warships in the Mersey
  10. ch. 9

    1. Crisis Comes to a Head
  11. ch. 10

    1. Plot to Bring Down the Prime Minister
  12. ch. 11

    1. Aftermath.