학술논문

The British home front and the First World War
Document Type
Review
Source
Choice Reviews 61:03
Subject
Choice Reviews Primary Subject - Social & Behavioral Sciences
Choice Reviews Secondary Subject - History, Geography & Area Studies
Choice Reviews Tertiary Subject - United Kingdom
Language
English
Abstract
In the age of total war, the home front is as important, and sometimes indistinguishable from, the war front. The essays in this collection provide fascinating insight into how the British government mobilized everything from finance to natural resources to maintain the war effort between 1914 and 1918. The book is dived into five parts—"Government," "Resources," "People," "Production," and "Social Impacts"—bracketed by two essays and an introduction by Strachan (international relations, Univ. of St Andrews, UK). The first essay, “The United Kingdom in 1914,” sets the agenda for many of the topics covered in the subsequent essays. The conclusion, “The United Kingdom in 1919,” synthesizes the material and demonstrates the lasting impact of the war on the British Isles. One of the most common themes among the diverse subjects covered is how WW I transformed the relationship between the population and the government. In 1914, outside of the Post Office, the police, and perhaps the military, a large percentage of British people had little daily contact with the central government. The postwar world was much different. A crucial resource for scholars. Summing Up: Essential. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.

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