Middle-class men and the First World War
in Civvies
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores civilian middle-class men's wartime experiences and examines how the war affected lives and identities. It argues that the war began to affect middle-class lives in very clear, sometimes unexpected and often unpleasant ways. The book also explores the interplay between experience and memory which is especially important in relation to the issue of war service. It focuses onto middle-class men's involvement in volunteer activities on the home front, including service in organised, 'public' bodies such as Volunteer Training Corps and special constables, and 'private' activities like allotment keeping and vegetable growing. The book assesses the ways in which middle-class men negotiated their roles as wartime consumers. It explores the impact of widely held notions of work appropriate to a society at war.


Middle-class men on the English Home Front, 1914–18


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