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The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Royle
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'Graphic, ably controlled...the power of imaginative storytelling is Royle's endeavour' --The Guardian

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'Graphic, ably controlled...the power of imaginative storytelling is Royle'sendeavour,' - The Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1446 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (12 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2H5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Tom
Format:Paperback
A real history lesson for those who thought they understood the story of the First World War , and the effects of total war on a generation of Scots.

Well informed and thorough, this author has presented in a clear and concise manner a huge wealth of fact, in his detailed analysis of Scottish involvement in the events of the first two decades of the 20th century. No one who genuinely wishes to understand the trauma, of the battlefields and the 'home front', will be disappointed. The analysis of why events led inexorably towards the fear of revolution in Scotland, following the Armistice in 1918,is most valuable. Few readers could fail to be drawn into the events, as the confusion of patriotism, pride and waste unfolds through this book.
"Flowers of the Forest" should become an essential work of reference for every student of 20th century Scottish history.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definative view of WW1 and Scotland 27 Aug 2011
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Man-for-man more Scots fought in WW1 than English, Welsh or Irishmen. In many ways Scotland was more deeply embroiled in the war than England Wales and Ireland, and the effect of the war upon Scotland was more profound.

Trevor Royle has written a book that fills a void - he skillfully covers various battles of the war itself - the role of Scottish military units at Gallipoli, Salonika, Palestine and, of course, the Western Front - as well as events back home. He covers the politics, women, social-upheaval, the role of the vast Glasgow-based industry (particularly ship-building), as well as agriculture and the role of the rural districts, both lowlands and highlands.

The work is scholarly, with ample notes and references to back up virtually all of his arguments; excellent for the serious student of WW1, but still well-written and readable for the more general reader who has an interest in Scotland and the part it played in the Great War.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scots troops 18 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book. Gives a great deal of info on the troops involved. Of the men eligible for service 50% of Scots served, a much higher proportion than in England. This alone tells us much about attitudes especially as there was a strong nationalistic movement at the time.
All Scots ought to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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This is great in my bedroom,don't have to get out of bed to put the light out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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good book for historians
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This covers the impact of the Great War on Scotland from the heady days of 1914 through to the conclusion of the war and it's impact afterwards. It ranges from the massive recruitment and expansion of the army, their front line experiences on the front line, the navy in Scotland, the workers at home, the role of women in the workplace, strikes and political machinations. A fascinating read, but such a wide scope also naturally will also limit it's depth to a degree, and that is what let's the book down in my view. It feels like a whistle stop tour. However it is good as a taster and I came out of it feeling more informed of the immense contributions of the lands of my forebears.

I would certainly recommend it
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