Back in Blighty: The British at Home in World War One Paperback – 3 Apr 2014
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A powerful and moving portrait of a nation under stress, Back in Blighty examines what life was like back at home while WWI was being fought in the trenches.See all Product Description
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Once at war, the author writes of conscription and volunteering, the soldier/officer ethos in the armed forces, the dissenters, the attempt to continue with business as usual (in the initial belief that a war would be carried out by the armed forces with little or no disturbance to civilian life), the provision of weaponry, foodstuffs and rationing, women in the workforce, pacificsm, enemy aliens, propaganda, the return of soldiers and support personnel after the war, the psychological and physical damage suffered by so many, the social changes caused by the war and more.
While this book is described by the author as a “social history” I found that there was more of an emphasis on the wider, local and central government and political issues, than those that affected “Mr and Mrs Joe Bloggs and the Bloggs children” on the ground during the years of war.Read more ›
I am finding the read very informative putting into context information that has come to me over60 + years. as anacdotal information. E.g shortages and rationing of guns and ammunition etc. very much a mith buster. Enjoying the social history. When I have completed the read, I may well be persuaded to concentrate on relationships between government, Trade Unions and general social issues. Could be better indexing for referencing work.
As a non-historian, finding the read informative and enjoyable.
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