A united home front?
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Editing his wartime diaries in 1938, Macleod Yearsley was clear in his belief that during the war civilians had belonged to a 'home front' separate from the fighting forces. Many middle-class civilian men cherished the patriotic belief that they were part of a nation united against a common and ruthless foreign enemy. Middle-class civilian men harboured grave doubts about the patriotic credentials of foreign 'aliens', the working classes and women. Older men's patriotic efforts may often have been dismissed as ridiculous and ineffective, but doubts were also expressed about younger men's willingness and fitness to take on the responsibilities they were expected to shoulder. As far as middle-class civilian men were concerned, their belief in a united home front was constantly undermined by what they saw as the unpatriotic and selfish behavior of other sections of the population.


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


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