The Last Great War
British Society and the First World War
By (author) Adrian Gregory
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Last Great War by Adrian Gregory
Book DescriptionWhat was it that the British people believed they were fighting for in 1914-18? This compelling history of the British home front during the First World War offers an entirely new account of how British society understood and endured the war. Drawing on official archives, memoirs, diaries and letters, Adrian Gregory sheds new light on the public reaction to the war, examining the role of propaganda and rumour in fostering patriotism and hatred of the enemy. He shows the importance of the ethic of volunteerism and the rhetoric of sacrifice in debates over where the burdens of war should fall as well as the influence of religious ideas on wartime culture. As the war drew to a climax and tensions about the distribution of sacrifices threatened to tear society apart, he shows how victory and the processes of commemoration helped create a fiction of a society united in grief.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521450379
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adrian Gregory
War of Peoples 1914-1919, Paperback (May 2014)
This new perspective on the First World War offers a concise narrative of the war in its global context, from the first military actions in July 1914 to the signing of the peace treaty by Germany in July 1919, and explores how our understanding of the war has changed over time.
Ireland and the Great War, Paperback (June 2002)
For many Irish, World War I represents the last time Ireland was united as a nation. This volume explores the immediate and continuing impact of the war on Ireland and analyses the effects on Irish national identity and political violence in Ireland.
Silence of Memory, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Adrian Gregory
Focusing on the public ceremonies on and around 11th November which dominated the inter-war years, this book emphasizes the importance of Armistice Day, in reflecting what people felt about the war and in shaping their memories of it.
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Author Biography - Adrian Gregory
Adrian Gregory is Lecturer in Modern History at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. His previous publications include The Silence of Memory: Armistice Day 1919-1946 (1994) and, as editor, A War to Unite Us All: Ireland and the Great War (2002).
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