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Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One by Kate Adie
  

Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One

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The contribution of women to the war effort in World War II is well recorded, less well known is the extensive work that women undertook in 1914-1918. We remember the nurses but women found their way into many other roles, a much bigger cultural shift than in 1939. Kate Adie investigates the roles that women assumed, how their lives were changed by the war and how they looked forward in 1918.

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Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One by Kate Adie

A chronicle of the ways in which women's lives changed during World War I and what the impact has been for women today, 100 years laterIn 1914 the world changed forever. This book details how when World War I broke out and a generation of men went off to fight, women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives. Now a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles, from transport to policing, munitions to sports, entertainment, even politics. They had finally become citizens, a recognized part of the war machine, acquiring their own rights and often an independent income. Charting the seismic move toward equal rights with men that began a century ago, this book asks what these women achieved for future generations. Full of original research and archival material, it brings the remarkable stories of women's experiences from domestic service to the industrial workplace, the hospital, the land, politics, and the aristocracy to life. This is history at its best, a vivid, compelling account of the pioneering women who helped win the war as well as a revealing assessment of their legacy for women's lives today.

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Kate Adie provides a compelling account of how women's lives changed during World War One Irish Tatler

If it is strong, successful, independent women you want, you can't do much better than Kate Adie, who has tackled the place of women during the First World War in her excellent book Fighting on the Home Front - The Big Issue

Some of the detail is delicious, like the women's football ... Throughout it all, Adie uses her journalistic eye for personal stories and natural compassion to create a book definitely worthy of her heroines. - The Big Issue

This fascinating, very readable book provides a complete wartime women's history, but Adie also picks out faces among the anonymous 'battalions of women who saw their duty as service to others'. Discover Your History This is history at its most celebratory ... The book is chatty, personal and packed with plenty of anecdote. - Telegraph

About the Author

Kate Adie became the BBC's chief news correspondent in 1989, and has reported from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including three Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993. Kate Adie presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of four bestselling books.

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Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Kate Adie

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
World War One Literature
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First World War
Social & cultural history
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781444759693

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