Blighty: British Society in the Era of the Great War, 1st edition

  • Gerard J De Groot

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An analytical survey of Britain in the era of the Great War (focusing particularly on the period 1907-1922), which questions the common assumption that, because the war had a devastating impact on the British people, its social consequences must therefore have been equally apocalyptic and lasting. Dr. De Groot argues that prewar social structures and attitudes proved surprisingly resilient, and the innate conservatism of all classes in Britain ensured that postwar Britain was as little changed as new economic and technological circumstances allowed. There is more to the book, however, than its impressively argued thesis: rich with detail of life and culture from all levels of British society, this is a powerful and moving portrait of a nation under stress.

Table of contents

I, "Clad in Glittering White"
II. Virtuous Inferiority
III. "To Die Young"
IV. Business as Usual
V. War by Improvisation: Money, Manpower, Munitions and Food
VI. Working for the War
VII. Aliens, Outlaws and Dissenters
VIII. Lions and Donkeys
IX. Mobilising Minds
X. Houses, Homes and Health
XI. "Are You Forgetting There's a War On?"
XII. Denouement, 1918
XIII. Coming Home
XIV. The Dead, the Living and the Living Dead
XV. The Social Legacy of the War: Three Steps Forward, Two Back
XVI. Politics and the People: The Triumph of the Hard-Faced Men

Published by Pearson (June 21st 1996) - Copyright © 1996