Britain Goes to War: How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation

Britain Goes to War: How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation

by Peter Liddle (Editor)

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Overview

The First World War had a profound impact on British society and on British relations with continental Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union. The pre-war world was transformed, and the world that we recognize today began to take shape. That is why, 100 years after the outbreak, the time is right for this collection of thought-provoking chapters that reassesses why Britain went to war and the preparations made by the armed forces, the government and the nation at large for the unprecedented conflict that ensued.

A group of distinguished historians looks back, with the clarity of a modern perspective, at the issues that were critical to Britain’s war effort as the nation embarked on the most intense and damaging struggle in its history. In a series of penetrating chapters they explore the reasons for Britain going to war, the official preparations, the public reaction, the readiness of the armed forces, internment, the impact of the opening campaign, the experience of the soldiers, recruitment, training, weaponry, the political implications, and the care of the wounded.

Contributors:
Chris Baker, John Bourne, Roger Chapman, Alison Fell, Nick Forder, Clive Harris, Andrea Hetherington, Spencer Jones, Peter Liddle, Philip Magrath, Catriona Pennell, Matthew Richardson, Gary Sheffield, Peter Simkins, Paul Skelton-Stroud, Edward M. Spiers, Dominic Tweddle, John Whitchurch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473828209
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 01/20/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Dr Peter Liddle is a leading historian of the First World War and has concentrated on the personal experience of the men and women who took part. He founded the Liddle Collection, a repository of documents and memorabilia connected to the conflict, which is housed in the Brotherton Library, the University of Leeds. His many books include Captured Memories 1900-1918, Captured Memories 1930-1945, The Soldiers War 1914-1918, The Gallipoli Experience Reconsidered, The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered and, as editor, Facing Armageddon, Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War.

Contributors: Holger Afflerbach, Phylomena Badsey, Niall Barr, Chris Bellamy, Nick Bosanquet, Peter Burness, George Cassar, Tim Cook, Irene Guerrini, Clive Harris, Kate Kennedy, Ross Kennedy, William Philpott, Marco Pluviano, Chris Pugsley, Duncan Redford, Matthew Richardson, Alan Sharp, Yigal Sheffy, Jack Sheldon, Edward Spiers, David Welch, Ian Whitehead

Table of Contents

List of plates vii

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xii

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Origins of the First World War Revisited Gary Sheffield 3

Chapter 2 British Readiness for War John Bourne 18

Chapter 3 The Shock of War: How Britain Entered the First World War Catriona Pennell 32

Chapter 4 The National Response to the Outbreak of War, 1914 Edward M. Spiers 45

Chapter 5 War Readiness in Britain: the Royal Navy, August 1914-January 1915 Dominic Tweddle 62

Chapter 6 True Grit: Officers of the British Expeditionary Force and the Great Retreat, 1914 Spencer Jones 78

Chapter 7 The Raising of the New Armies: Some Further Reflections Peter Simians 92

Chapter 8 First Clash of Arms in the West; British and German Soldiers in Action, 1914 Matthew Richardson 112

Part 2

Chapter 9 The Green Howards and Corporal Tom Riordan at the First Battle of Ypres Roger Chapman 134

Chapter 10 Britons in Berlin: Ruhleben - the Internment of British Civilians Peter Liddle 147

Chapter 11 The Torment of Captivity: Germans, Austrians and Turks Interned on the Isle of Man Matthew Richardson 162

Chapter 12 From Cricket Whites to Khaki - Sport and the Great War Clive Harris 182

Chapter 13 Infantry Weapons of the Great War John Whitchurch 197

Chapter 14 'Kettledrums of Death': Some Field Guns and Howitzers of the Great War Philip Magrath 213

Chapter 15 Silent Soldiers: Animals in the Great War Paid Skelton-Stroud 228

Chapter 16 New Horizons - A War in the Air, 1914 Nick Forder 241

Chapter 17 The Mobilization and Experience of Nurses in the First World War Alison S. Fell 259

Part 3

Chapter 18 Tracing Your Family's History in the Great War Chris Baker 274

Chapter 19 The Liddle Collection of First World War Archival Materials in the University of Leeds Peter Liddle 284

Chapter 20 Lawnswood Cemetery in Leeds and the First World War Andrea Hetherington 291

Notes on Contributors 302

Index 308

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