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  Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War
Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War


 
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 224 pages
Author: I. Beckett
Year: 2006
Other Data: b&w photos, chronology, further reading, index
ISBN: 9781903365816

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Product Code: TNA009
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Every modern war has its home front, but the First World War - the Great War - was the first utterly to transform civilian life. In words and images 'Home Front 1914-1918' tells this remarkable story, from Lord Kitchener's initial call in August 1914 for 100,000 army volunteers, through to the armistice celebrations in 1918/19. The war years brought far-reaching changes in Britain, as ordinary people - from schoolchildren to the elderly, ladies of leisure to coalminers - struggled to adapt to new conditions and an often perilous world.

The wide-ranging Defence of the Realm Act of 1914 heralded unprecedented attempts to control people's lives - from what they were paid, to when they drank and what they could read. The volatile four years that followed saw Belgian refugees pouring into the country and women taking on men's jobs, as well as such novelties as conscription, aerial bombardment and propaganda films; meat rationing and queues for coal; and the advent of British Summer Time. Numerous other anxieties, both official and unofficial, provoked such responses as the banning of homing pigeons and , even more bizarrely, riots against Chinese businesses.

Rarely seen photographs, original letters, memos and personal testimonies bring to life the voices of very diverse individuals and contribute to this fully rounded picture of Home Front life in England.

Contents:
Author's Acknowledgements
1. War's Beginnings
2. Men at Work
3. Working Girls
4. Life Goes On
5. Enemies Within
6. Enemies Without
7. War's End
Epilogue: The First 'World' War
Chronology
Further Reading
Index


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