A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland

Paperback | August 28, 2014

byCatriona Pennell

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In this, the first fully documented study of British and Irish popular reactions to the outbreak of the First World War, Catriona Pennell explores UK public opinion of the time, successfully challenging post-war constructions of "war enthusiasm" in the British case, and disengagement in theIrish.Drawing from a vast array of contemporary diaries, letters, journals, and newspaper accounts from across the UK, A Kingdom United explores what people felt, and how they acted, in response to an unanticipated and unprecedented crisis. It is a history of both ordinary people and elite figures inextraordinary times. Pennell demonstrates that describing the reactions of over 40 million British and Irish people to the outbreak of war as either enthusiastic in the British case, or disengaged in the Irish, is over-simplified and inadequate. Emotional reactions to the war were ambiguous andcomplex, and changed over time. By the end of 1914 the populations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland had largely embraced the war, but the war had also embraced them and showed no signs of relinquishing its grip. The five months from August to December 1914 set the shape of much that was tofollow. A Kingdom United describes and explains the twenty-week formative process in order to deepen our understanding of British and Irish entry into war.

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In this, the first fully documented study of British and Irish popular reactions to the outbreak of the First World War, Catriona Pennell explores UK public opinion of the time, successfully challenging post-war constructions of "war enthusiasm" in the British case, and disengagement in theIrish.Drawing from a vast array of contemporar...

Catriona Pennell graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2008 with a PhD in modern British and Irish history. During her research, she was awarded two major scholarships: the R.B. McDowell-Ussher Fellowship from Trinity College, Dublin (2003-2006), and the R.H.S. Centenary Fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research (2006-20...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:326 pagesPublished:August 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198708467

ISBN - 13:9780198708469

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Outbreak of War, July to August2. The National Cause3. The Enemy4. Encountering Violence: Imagined and Real5. A Volunteer War6. John Bull's Other Island7. Settling into WarConclusionBibliography

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"combines meticulous scholarship, with narrative drive and subtle analysis. If you buy only one book on war this year make sure it is this one." --Robin Prior