Keeping the Home Fires Burning (ePub)
Entertaining the Troops at Home and Abroad During the Great War
Keeping the Home Fires Burning tells the story of how the troops and the general public were kept happy and content during the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918 there was entertainment of the masses for the sole purpose of promotion of the war effort. It was the first time that a concerted effort to raise and sustain morale was ever made by any British government and was a combination of government sponsored ideas and lucky happenstance. It was all picked up and used by the new Propaganda Ministry.
The range of activities was wide and varied, from poetry to cinema, from music hall singers and artists to the creation of battlefield heroes. There was postcard humour and deliberate veneration of philanthropists - and war participants - like Woodbine Willie.
The theme of Keeping the Home Fires Burning is backed up by 40 illustrations from the time, including participants, posters, battlefield views and so on.
The thrust of this book is to relay the story of how troops and the wider public, were kept content and at east during World War. The focus is on the entertainment of the population during the Great War, with emphasis on the importance of morale. The topics covered bring to the fore a new and exciting focus of the Great War. Key coverage there in includes the likes of enlistment propaganda, Music Halls and Home entertainment, The Church, as well as the use of art, advertising and promotion of products and so on.Jon Sandison
Review as featured inWho Do You Think You Are
This book written by Phil Carradice is an easy but entertaining read, but it seems well researched and documented. I have always enjoyed books by Carradice, as you kind of always guaranteed a good read. I also enjoyed the notes section and bibliography and will be reading further books that have been listed. This book should be recommended as it does look at an important part of the war that doesn’t get enough recognition.UK Historian
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A brilliant account of the entertainment industry that was specifically geared up and enhanced for the purposes of keeping the public and the military entertained as the first world war started to have an impact. Phil Carradice is one of my favourite P&S authors.Books Monthly
As featured in: 'Not everyone on the frontline was a fan of Ivor Novello's famous songs'South Wales Echo (Cardiff)