What to do...what to do...
Now that "Downton Abbey" has completed its TV run, what will you do with your time? This LibGuide suggests some books and TV shows that you might enjoy if you loved "Downton Abbey."
Did you watch Downton Abbey?
The Waste Land
“He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience.”
-T.S. Eliot (1888-1965),
The Great War (1914-1918), now more commonly called "World War I" or "The First World War," features prominently in the lives of the "Downton Abbey" characters during Season 2. Both the Entente Powers (Allies) and the Central Powers believed the war would be over quickly, but it immediately became a quamire of horror and destruction involving trenches, barbed wire, poison gas, and battles fought that resulted in gains of mere yards of territory. Men froze to death, hungry horses ate their halters, then dropped dead, and total deaths were over 17 million, including about 7 million civilian deaths. Many people who would later become famous fought in this war: Harry S. Truman, Adolf Hitler, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, among them.
The end of the war resulted in victory for the Allied Powers, but the resulting harsh peace treaties created resentment in Germany that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the insistence of the Allies. The Empire was the only power in Central Europe that would have been strong enough to stop Hitler. Thus, Woodrow Wilson's "Crusade for Democracy" coupled with France's insistence on punishing Germany, led directly to World War II, which resulted in the deaths of over 60 million people. -JDP
What To Watch Now...
If you miss "Downton Abbey," here are some excellent British TV shows, old and new, that might help fill the void. Most of these video productions are based on books...track them down!