A Short History Of The Future..
Bound in original blue cloth with black titles, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has chips on edges and small missing areas on spine. A little sunning of board edges and slight browning inside; otherwise a very good copy.
George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C.,
8vo. 6 x 8.75 inches. xxi + [i] + 272 pp.
Decorated by publisher's device on title page.
The book takes the author's mid-thirties present and attempts to project current trends forward into the future. Having recently lived in Catalonia and reported on Civil War Spain, he is obviously concerned with the anti-fascist struggle in his chapters on warfare. He also considers the future of democracy, race, everyday life (in 1960) and changes in human nature. He provides twenty four prophecies, of which a few may be quoted;' America...will enter into a ruthless period of fascism...large tracts will go back to the primeval wilderness; England will have a population one-tenth of its present size; By 1960 work will be limited to three hours a day; by 1975 sexual feeling and marriage will have nothing to do with one another.; Crime...will cease to exist by A.D. 2000.' John Langdon-Davies (1897-1971), journalist and prolific author and anti-Stalinist author, was imprisoned for being a conscientious objector in the First World War and wrote Home Guard training manuals in the Second. Later in his career he created the 'Jackdaw' series of history learning tools.
[Stock No. 25534]