The deluge; British society and the First World War

by Arthur Marwick

Other authorsMilton Glaser (Cover artist)
Hardcover, 1965




Boston, Little, Brown, 1965


Describes life on the home front, analyzing the social changes that made Britain of the 1920s a vastly different place from the Britain that went to war in 1914. The new edition contains an introductory essay on War and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Britain, in which the author, in the light of the most recent research, summarizes his latest reflections.

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LibraryThing member douboy50
Very interesting book on 'what it was like to live in Britain during its first major war in a century....' (taken from the front cover). This work deals with how the government's management of the war evolved over the course of the war's four year duration. In the beginning it was 'business as usual'. As the war progressed and became a long term, total war struggle, centalization and increasing government involvement in all facets of the war became necessary.

I have read other books which covered the various homefronts in the First World War. However this is the first one to deal with the subject exclusively. Mr. Marwick did a fine job researching the material and presenting it in an organized, readable fashion. He also covers the period between the wars showing how the experience in government during WWI effected the postwar period and beyond into WWII as well. I recommned this book not just for WWI buffs, but also for those interested in society & war.
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