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Echoes of the Great War: The Diary of the Reverend Andrew Clark, 1914-19 (Oxford paperbacks - Oxford letters & memoirs) [Paperback]

Asa Briggs , Andrew Clark , James Munson
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20 Oct 1988 Oxford paperbacks - Oxford letters & memoirs
This book comprises of a selection of accounts of the First World War and its effects on English life, condensed from a 92 volume diary by Reverend Andrew Clark, Rector of Great Leighs, in Essex at the time. In his record, Clark described how the news of war and its ramifications invaded his village. As the months wore on the pace of life quickened and people's horizons broadened, no community could stand aside from the conflict. Through his writings he contrasted the quiet, slow, ordered life of rural England with the battlefields of Europe and the horrors of twentieth-century warfare. This title acts as a testimony to surviving traditions and changing perspectives, giving a personal view of how the war altered people's lives and outlook.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (20 Oct 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192820710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192820716
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was written by an Oxford don, who became rector at Great Leighs in Essex. He made jottings daily in 96 notebooks , which he deposited at the Bodelian Library in Oxford, together with pamphlets, posters etc from the time. His daughter, Mildred, who travelled back and forth to university in St Andrews contributed to the news by writing to her father, describing who she met on the train en route, and what they said. Andrew Clark realised that much of the truth about loss of life was being concealed, and the official version of events did not match the version he got first hand from people who returned from the front. I think the book is an interesting read, as it describes the impact of the war on village folk, both men and the women left behind. As I am not an avid historian, I would not rave about any history book! Mildred Clark was my husband's grandmother. She qualified as a doctor.
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