10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thought-provoking and essential,
This review is from: The Last Great War: British Society and the First World War (Paperback)
This is possibly the best introduction to the social history of World War I in Britain currently available. It's exceedingly well researched, engagingly well written, and the author is not afraid of taking a definite stand on certain issues. The chapter exploring whether there was such a thing as "war enthusiasm" in August and September 1914 is especially eye-opening, and symptomatic of the way in which Gregory confronts -- and questions -- existing orthodoxies with evidence and a shrewd independence of mind. Anyone interested in WWI, whether a general reader, a student, or an academic, will gain a good deal by reading this.