Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War

By: Ian F.W. Beckett

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The Great War had a profound impact on Britain. Not only did families risk their sons in active combat; every member of society was required to make a contribution to the war effort. National initiatives like rationing affected all, and civilians were now regarded as a legitimate military target. Reminders of this turbulent time survive today, in rituals such as Summer Time and Remembrance, nationwide war memorials, and the powerful myth of a lost generation slaughtered in a futile war. Here Ian Beckett examines the mobilization of the British people for the war effort and reassesses its impact on state and society. As evidence, he presents 40 key documents, including the King's rallying cry to the nation to 'eat less wheat', reports on social phenomena from anti-German riots to the drinking habits of women and juveniles, and Kitchener's initiatives to raise his New Armies.

Title: Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War

Author: Ian F.W. Beckett

Categories: Britain, Great Britain,

Publisher: The National Archives [United Kingdom]:

ISBN Number: 1903365813

ISBN Number 13: 9781903365816

Binding: Cloth

Book Details: 224 pages; 7 1/2" x 9 3/4", cloth, Cloth, The National Archives [United Kingdom]

Seller ID: 365816

Description: Every war has its ‘home front’, but World War I - the ‘Great War’ - was the first to utterly transform civilian life. Not only did families risk their fathers and sons in active combat, but every member of society was mobilized in some way to contribute to the war effort. In the course of these eventful years the population experienced rationing, shortages, aerial bombing, thousands more women in work (known as ‘dilution’ of the workplace!), industrial unrest, a large influx of foreign refugees, and a host of other shocks. Even the king was not exempt: he, too, had a ration card, and the flowerbeds of Buckingham Palace were planted with vegetables.

Ian Beckett examines the full story - one that is, by turns, grim, humorous, touching, surprising, and even inspiring. Among other details, learn how the feeding of pigeons was declared illegal, why a town council forbade punctuation, and what ‘Belgian flush’ was. The author’s narrative is reinforced by a welter of photographs, original documents and letters, and poignant personal stories of life on Britain’s home front.

About Author
Ian F.W. Beckett is currently Professor of History at University College, Northampton, and has formerly taught at Sandhurst and in the United States. His publications include The Oxford History of the British Army and The Great War 1914-1918. In 2002, for The National Archives, he published The First World War: The Essential Guide to Sources in the UK National Archives.

Table of Contents
* The Outbreak of War
* Manpower, Industry and Labour
* Women and Children
* Everyday Life
* Enemies Within and Without
* War’s End
* Further Reading, Chronology and Index
224 pages; 7 1/2" x 9 3/4", cloth, Cloth, The National Archives [United Kingdom]