Zeppelin Nights: London In The First World War

Paperback | March 13, 2015

byJerry White

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A unique look at London during the First World War, seen through the eyes of the people who lived there by an acclaimed writer who 'is to London as Boswell is to Johnson'.
     11pm, Tuesday August 4, 1914: with the declaration of war London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers pass through the capital on their way to the front; wounded men are brought back to be treated in London's hospitals; and millions of shells are produced in its factories.
     The war changes London life for ever. Women escape the drudgery of domestic service to work as munitionettes. Full employment puts money into the pockets of the London poor for the first time. Self-appointed moral guardians seize the chance to clamp down on drink, frivolous entertainment and licentious behaviour. As the war drags on, gloom often descends on the capital. And at night London is plunged into darkness for fear of German bombers and Zeppelins that continue to raid the city.
     Yet despite daily casualty lists, food shortages and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas and theatres, dance halls and shebeens, firmly resolved not to let Germans or puritans spoil their enjoyment. Peopled with patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, Jerry White's magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing city.

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A unique look at London during the First World War, seen through the eyes of the people who lived there by an acclaimed writer who 'is to London as Boswell is to Johnson'.      11pm, Tuesday August 4, 1914: with the declaration of war London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldier...

Professor JERRY WHITE teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. His acclaimed trilogy on London, from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, is an unparalleled narrative of the capital, and London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People won the Wolfson History Prize in 2001. His most recent book was London in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.81 × 5.09 × 0.94 inPublished:March 13, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099556049

ISBN - 13:9780099556046

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dcent This book is a bit boring and all of its info anyone could learn from reading smaller books like horrible histories
Date published: 2014-05-10

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• "Zeppelin Nights is social history at its best... White creates a vivid picture of a city changed for ever by war." --Robbie Millen, The Times