Daily Life During World War I

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Overview

What was life really like for the ordinary soldier, sailor, airman, and civilian during World War I? Was it different for the British, French, and Americans than it was for the Germans? This work brings to life the military and civilian experiences of ordinary people on both sides of the war. Rich with information not available elsewhere, this engagingly written narrative focuses on the real details of living in wartime: how men were recruited and trained, the equipment they used, what they ate, trench warfare as a way of life, and the phenomenon of combat.

The life of seamen and the novel experience of the first airmen provide contrast to the life of the soldier in the trenches. Also described are the medical system for treating casualties, the life of a prisoner of war, and the experience of military nurses and the first women in uniform. This book also details how life on the home front changed in myriad ways, including the education of schoolchildren, the fevered prosperity of a wartime economy, and the change in women's traditional roles from homemaker to essential laborer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313315008
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2002
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

NEIL M. HEYMAN is Professor of History at San Diego State University and Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College. He is a specialist in modern European history and military affairs. He has written two earlier books on World War I, Biographical Dictionary of World War I (co-author with Holger H. Herwig; Greenwood, 1982), and World War I (Greenwood, 1997). Professor Heyman is also the author of Russian History (1993) and Western Civilization: A Critical Guide to Documentary Film (Greenwood, 1996).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology of Events
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Military World 9
1 Recruitment and Training 11
2 Equipment and Rations 27
3 Trench Life 41
4 The Experience of Battle 57
5 The Sea and Air War 77
6 Casualties and Medical Care 95
7 Women and the Military 119
8 Prisoners of War 135
Pt. II The Civilian World 153
9 The Home Front 155
10 Civilian Hardships 175
11 Food 195
12 Women at Home 211
Pt. III Results and the War's End 233
13 Bereavement 235
14 The Armistice and Demobilization 253
Selected Bibliography 265
Index 275
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