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

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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: 7/24/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

1 'Clad in Glittering White' 1
2 Virtuous Inferiority 14
3 'To Die Young' 31
4 Business as Usual 54
5 War by Improvisation: Money, Manpower, Munitions and Food 79
6 Working for the War 109
7 Aliens, Outlaws and Dissenters 140
8 Lions and Donkeys 161
9 Mobilising Minds 174
10 Houses, Homes and Health 197
11 'Are You Forgetting There's a War On?' 226
12 Denouement: 1918 247
13 Coming Home 253
14 The Dead, the Living and the Living Dead 271
15 The Social Legacy of the War: Three Steps Forward, Two Back 290
16 Politics and the People: the Triumph of the Hard-Faced Men 312
Bibliography 334
Index 344
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