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Britain Goes to War (Hardback)

How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation

Military P&S History > British History WWI

By Peter Liddle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 311
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781473828209
Published: 9th November 2015



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The First World War had a profound impact on British society and on British relations with continental Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union. The pre-war world was transformed, and the world that we recognize today began to take shape. That is why, 100 years after the outbreak, the time is right for this collection of thought-provoking chapters that reassesses why Britain went to war and the preparations made by the armed forces, the government and the nation at large for the unprecedented conflict that ensued.
A group of distinguished historians looks back, with the clarity of a modern perspective, at the issues that were critical to Britain's war effort as the nation embarked on the most intense and damaging struggle in its history. In a series of penetrating chapters they explore the reasons for Britain going to war, the official preparations, the public reaction, the readiness of the armed forces, internment, the impact of the opening campaign, the experience of the soldiers, recruitment, training, weaponry, the political implications, and the care of the wounded.

This is an excellent compilation of  insightful essays of the highest quality from some of Britain’s leading historians on the First World War.  Each essay if of course researched and written with the most comprehensive depth ,telling the story of the First World War from various angles. As well as being a book to read from cover to cover, it also is one which you can select particular aspects of the war, for your own interest or research, and delve into them.  It is a timely publication in line with the anniversary of the Great War, with significant breadth. 

Jon Sandison

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This is one of the finest collections of essays on the reasons for Britain's entry into the First World War to have been produced. It captures the mood of the country pre-war and as the momentum gathered, and gives real insight into the causes of our involvement and how it affected absolutely everyone in the country. Essential reading.

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 Peter Liddle

About Peter Liddle

Former teacher, lecturer and founder/director of two archives on the world wars of the twentieth century, Peter Liddle is a well-published historian of personal experience in those wars with books on
Gallipoli, The Somme and D-Day. He is dedicated to the preservation of the evidence of the past and has particularly enjoyed drawing together in publications and conferences the research of others in the field..

He has a lifetime of interest in sport, history travel and wildlife. He lives with his wife, Louise, in Rawdon, Leeds. He is Life President of The Second World War Experience Centre.

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