Review of the hardback: '… is of much more than local interest.' Times Literary Supplement
Review of the hardback: '… excellent … an exemplary blending of social and military history … this is important, 'cutting edge' history.' Military Illustrated
Review of the hardback: '… not short of historiographical ambition … On the war itself, McCartney appears exemplary in her range of reference and close historiographical engagement …' Northern History
Review of the hardback: 'This is not just another rehash of the exploits of the dehumanised, oppressed, passive British Tommy slogging through the mud of Flanders, that field, like the trenches, is full almost to overcrowding. Instead McCartney considers how the ordinary men involved retained their civilian outlook, their local connections, their social status throughout those terrible years and, in the vast majority of cases, if they were lucky enough to escape unscathed, picked up the threads of their pre-war life … Helen B. McCartney has produced a first class work using not only official sources, as would be expected, but also the letters and diaries of the men involved … The book benefits from page by page footnotes and comprehensive bibliography, whilst the photographs, tables and maps only add to our pleasure and understanding. …For anyone wishing to study the social and cultural history of the British soldier in the first World War this book opens up a new dimension in our understanding and is required reading, chapter 9 The Aftermath of War especially so.' Open History: The Journal of the Open University History Society
Review of the hardback: 'Citizen Soldiers is one of the rare publications to breach this divide, combining detailed knowledge of military organization and structure with a careful consideration of the impact of the war on society and class and regional identity … It is … the job of good historical studies to ask as many questions as they answer. McCartney's careful, detailed and fascinating study of the experiences and identities of the Liverpool battalions in the war years deserves to be accompanied by further regional studies, in order that we may build a more detailed understanding of the lives of those who experienced the Great War.' Reviews in History
Review of the hardback: ' … this is a subject which deserves a wider readership and Citizen Soldiers is an excellent start; may it inspire urban and local historians to re-examine the relationship between the city and its citizens …' Urban History
Citizen Soldiers uses letters and official sources to investigate the experience of the British soldier in the First World War. It casts light on the soldier's relationship with home, his attitudes towards war, command and discipline within the army and the importance of local identity to military morale.