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Now the War is Over (Hardback)

Britain 1919 - 1920

Military P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History WWI > By Year > 1918

By Simon Fowler, Daniel Weinbren
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 197
Illustrations: 21
ISBN: 9781473885974
Published: 17th October 2018



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How did Britain respond to the momentous events of 1919 and 1920 as it adjusted to peace after four years of war? What were the challenges the British people faced and how did they cope with the profound changes that confronted them? Now the War Is Over seeks to answer these questions. It looks at what happened in every sphere of life and it shows how, even today, we are still dealing with the consequences of those years of transition.

Across Europe there were revolutions, a war for independence occurred in Ireland, and on mainland Britain there were widespread race riots. However, most servicemen simply wanted to come home to their families and a secure job. Some hoped for a return to the certainties of a pre-war world, but this was impossible too much had happened. As they explore the troubled state of Britain immediately after the war Simon Fowler and Daniel Weinbren give us a fascinating insight into how the global conflict changed the direction of the nation.

The book was an enjoyable and interesting read and what particularly stood out was the very real sense among politicians that the returning troops would bring revolution with them; one civil servant observed that, in the event of civic strife, for the first time in British history, the rioters would be better trained than the police. 'Now the War is Over' does a good job of explaining why this didn't happen.

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WDYTYA? Magazine, March 2019

For the first time in recent years this meticulously researched and highly readable tour de forcevhighlights and evaluates the political, social and economic impact of the Great War on Britain in the aftermath of the Armistice. It is impossible to do full justice to this compelling account which this reviewer considers essential reading for anyone seeking to truly understand the impact and lasting legacy of the War on Britain. The book is based on hundreds of different sources, books, archives and websites. The text is fully annotated and supported by almost 40 pages of detailed footnotes. Most highly recommended.

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About Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher specialising in the records of the two world wars and central government. Over the years he has researched hundreds of men who served during the First World War and this book is very much based on his experiences in doing so. He was written a number of other guides for Pen & Sword including Tracing Your Army Ancestors, Tracing Your Navy Ancestors and Now the War is Over: Britain 1919-1920.

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