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Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War by Gerard DeGroot

Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War

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Gerard de Groot looks at how everyday life in Britain was affected by the Great War. He finds that even with the huge losses of men in battle, bomb damage and the massive war costs, society remained amazingly stable. In Back in Blighty there is much valuable information to be found on people’s everyday lives during and after the conflict.

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Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War by Gerard DeGroot

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.


'Well worth reading' - The Times

'An important contribution' - English Historical Review

'A model of what this genre should be like' - Albion

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2014


Gerard DeGroot

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


496 pages


The Real World
World War One Literature
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Social & cultural history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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