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Written for her baby son, Georgina Lee's eleven volumes of diaries offer a comprehensive, day-by-day account of the First World War from the perspective of the British Home Front. No other set of published family diaries chronicles the entire war from start to finish and so many of the social changes it triggered. From the panic that struck London in August 1914 to the euphoria that greeted the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Mrs Lee faithfully recorded the war's impact on every aspect of civilian life, from the rush to hoard food and stock-market mayhem to conscription and air raids. Closely involved with the domestic war effort throughout the hostilities, Mrs Lee documents the grave shortages that take hold as Britain is blockaded, and the Zeppelin air raids that assailed London and other cities in the latter part of the war. As the war progresses, the diarist's mood changes from initial optimism to reluctant acceptance that the war would be long and drawn out. Her diaries offer a fascinating glimpse of how British society coped with the pressures and crises of the First World War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750943864
ISBN-10: 0750943866
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gavin Roynon

GAVIN ROYNON served as a National Service officer with 13th/18th Royal Hussars, then read Modern Languages at Worcester College, Oxford. He went on to teach French, German and History at Eton College before retiring from teaching in 1999. Gavin's first book, Massacre of the Innocents, was published by Sutton in 2004.

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