This volume represents a selection of some of the best poetry by Arthur Hugh Clough (1810-61). Detailed annotation provides the modern reader with the intellectual, cultural and historical information necessary for a full appreciation of the poet's work. The poems selected span Clough's entire career, with the main focus on his two most important poems, Amours de Voyage and Dipsychus and the Spirit. These poems are discussed at length in the critical introduction and are prefaced by substantial headnotes elucidating their historical background and literary antecedents. Providing a wealth of information about the poet and the context of his work, this volume represents a substantial contribution to the subject in its own right, as well as being essential reading for all students of nineteenth-century literature.
Part 1: Introduction:The Problems of Interpretation 1. On War and the Causes of War 2. A Thirty Years War? The Disintegration of Europe 3. The Case Against a Thirty Years War: The Restoration of Europe 4. History and Historians Part 2: The Underlying Forces
5. Italian Fascism 6. German Nazism 7. Parliamentary Democracy: France and Britain 8. Soviet Communism 9. The Great Depression and International Relations 10. Economic Problems and the Coming of War 11. Armed Forces, Strategy and Foreign Policy (1) France and Britain Armed Forces, Strategy and Foreign Policy (2) Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union Part 3: The Coming of War 1932-1941 13. From Peace to the Eve of War 1932-1937 14. War Postponed 1938 15. Decisions of War 1939 16. The Expanding war 1939-1940 17. Germany and the Soviet Union 1940-41 Further Reading. Maps. Index.