Part one: The history and politics of the Renaissance 1. Renaissance and Reformation (1840-94) 2. A troubled inheritance (1895-1914) 3. War, post-war, pre-war, more war (1914-40) Part two: Aspects of cultural formation 4. Being beastly to the Hun 5. Crusading for national music 6. Slaying the false prophets 7. Becoming transfigured
Robert Stradling was Professor of History at the University of Wales, Cardiff; Meirion Hughes is a freelance historian and lives in London
"'Our music, as at the Proms, confirms an ironic chauvinism or encourages a cosy insularity. This book, very eloquently, sets it all down.' Anthony Burgess; 'A quite remarkable book, remarkable in its wealth of cultural cross-reference and in the bouncy exuberance with which it is written... An invaluable correction to all that has gone before.' English Historical Review"