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British Culture and the First World War (Social History in Perspective) [Hardcover]

Professor George Robb
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7 May 2002 0333715713 978-0333715710 First Edition
The First World War has left its imprint on British society and the popular imagination to an extent almost unparalleled in modern history. Its legacy of mass death, mechanized slaughter, propaganda, and disillusionment swept away long-standing romanticized images of warfare, and continues to haunt the modern consciousness.

Focusing on the lives of ordinary Britons, George Robb's engaging new study seeks to comprehend what it meant for an entire society to undergo the tremendous shocks and demands of total war; how it attempted to make sense of the conflict, explain it to others, and deal with the war's legacies.

British Culture and the First World War
- examines the war's impact on ideologies of race, class and gender, the government's efforts to manage news and to promote patriotism, the role of the arts and sciences, and the commemoration of the war in the decades since
- synthesizes much of the best and most recent scholarship on the social and cultural history of the war
- reclaims a great deal of neglected or forgotten popular cultural sources such as films, cartoons, juvenile literature and pulp fiction

Compact but comprehensive, this accessible and refreshing text is essential reading for anyone interested in British society and culture during the turbulent years of the First World War.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (7 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333715713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333715710
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,009,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Excellent student text - easy to understand summaries of main issues. Brilliant on arts and memory of the war. A great read, too!' - Professor J. Bourke, Birkbeck College

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GEORGE ROBB is Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University of New Jersey.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general introduction 19 Jan 2007
Very clearly written and straightforward introduction. It covers a great deal of ground and can't go into detail but is an excellent introduction to the subject for a reader who wants to 'get out of the trenches'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars World War 1 Home Front 1 Dec 2002
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At first glance, you look at the title and think hasnt WW1 been written enough. However this is a new and fresh look. Delving into the war as no other...looking at race,gender and the Homefront of England. There is not enough written about the changes of the ordinary person living through the blood bath of WW1.
It is a must read for anyone interested in the Homefront, of WW1 and how it changed British Society.
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