Back In Blighty: The British At Home In World War One

Paperback | May 14, 2014

byGerard J. Degroot

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A powerful and moving portrait of a nation under stress, Back in Blighty examines what life was like back at home while WWI was being fought in the trenches.
     World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that the social consequences were as profound. In this highly readable and moving survey of life back at home during the First World War, Gerard DeGroot challenges this assumption, finding pre-war social structures and ways of life were surprisingly resilient. Despite economic and technological changes, the British people found ways to cling onto their usual ways of life as much as possible in this new world. 
     Back in Blighty has been fully revised to take into account new scholarship and historical perspectives, and is full of fascinating glimpses into everyday life during the war. The lives of ordinary people are illuminated and given historical significance in this powerful portrait of the British people and their culture.

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A powerful and moving portrait of a nation under stress, Back in Blighty examines what life was like back at home while WWI was being fought in the trenches.      World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that...

Born in California, GERARD DeGROOT is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He has written many books on various aspects of twentieth-century history, most recently The Seventies Unplugged. He regularly contributes to national newspapers both in Britain and in the USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.76 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:May 14, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099582228

ISBN - 13:9780099582229

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   • Published to coincide with the anniversary of World War One and a heightened interest in the period, this book offers a fresh perspective by focussing on life back at home in Britain, rather than on the front line.    • Back in Blighty can benefit from an increased interest in how British society was affected during WWI, thanks to programmes like Downton Abbey showing life back at home during the war and its subsequent effect on society.    • This book was originally published as an extremely successful textbook for history students, but has been fully revised and updated and rewritten with the general reader in mind.