The Last Great War

British Society and the First World War

by

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521450379
  • 9781107595644
  • 9781107702264
What 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.
  • Cambridge University Press; October 2008
  • ISBN 9781107595644
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Last Great War
  • Author: Adrian Gregory
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521450379
  • 9781107595644
  • 9781107702264

In The Press

'Adrian Gregory has provided the best brief account we have of the history of the Great War. Using an astonishing array of sources uncovering wartime life at the front and at home, Gregory tells the story of the war in a manner which is engaging, combative, and authoritative. Here is an original, tough-minded and thoughtful book, written by an historian unafraid of exploding the myths which still surround the 1914–18 conflict.' Jay Winter, Yale University

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521450379
  • 9781107595644
  • 9781107702264