Blighty : British Society in the Era of the Great War / Edition 1

Blighty : British Society in the Era of the Great War / Edition 1

by Gerard J. Degroot, Gerard J. De Groot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582061377

ISBN-13: 9780582061378

Pub. Date: 07/24/1996

Publisher: Pearson Education

Because we assume momentous events must have momentous consequences, we too easily accept the conventional wisdom that the Great War of 1914-18 shook British society to its foundations, leaving nothing of the prewar world intact. We take it for granted that, along with a generation of its finest young men, the nation's old ways of life and thought perished in the mud…  See more details below

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Because we assume momentous events must have momentous consequences, we too easily accept the conventional wisdom that the Great War of 1914-18 shook British society to its foundations, leaving nothing of the prewar world intact. We take it for granted that, along with a generation of its finest young men, the nation's old ways of life and thought perished in the mud of Flanders. Recent historiography, however, has shown a new sensitivity to the power of tradition in British society, and its ability to contain and neutralise radical social change. Now, in this impressive study - the first major treatment of the theme - Gerard DeGroot examines every aspect of society in the period (c. 1907-22) to understand what actually happened to the people of Britain during and after the trial by fire. As well as incorporating the latest scholarship, he makes rich, and often very moving, use of primary sources - newspapers, poetry (both high and low), literature, memoirs and letters - to illuminate the attitudes of society at all its levels, not merely the elite and the articulate. He reveals the extent to which the dominant social force in Britain during the war was not change but continuity. The most urgent wish of most people for the postwar world was, poignantly, that life should return to the way it had been - and to a quite astonishing extent it did, despite the tide of technological change flowing towards a different world. It was the vacuum cleaner and the internal combustion engine that transformed Britain in the early twentieth century, not the sorrows, sacrifices and opportunities of the Great War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582061378
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
07/24/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1'Clad in Glittering White'1
2Virtuous Inferiority14
3'To Die Young'31
4Business as Usual54
5War by Improvisation: Money, Manpower, Munitions and Food79
6Working for the War109
7Aliens, Outlaws and Dissenters140
8Lions and Donkeys161
9Mobilising Minds174
10Houses, Homes and Health197
11'Are You Forgetting There's a War On?'226
12Denouement: 1918247
13Coming Home253
14The Dead, the Living and the Living Dead271
15The Social Legacy of the War: Three Steps Forward, Two Back290
16Politics and the People: the Triumph of the Hard-Faced Men312
Bibliography334
Index344

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