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York in the Great War (Paperback)

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By Karyn Burnham
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in The Great War
Pages: 111
ISBN: 9781783376094
Published: 3rd November 2014
Last Released: 10th March 2021



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The Great War touched every single town and city in Britain, barely a community escaped unscathed and the city of York was no different. Despite a long and tumultuous history, the seemingly brief period between 1914 and 1918 left as indelible a mark on York and its people as any period in the preceding millennium.

Karyn Burnham explores what everyday life was like in York during the Great War and reveals how life changed as troops flocked into the city, Belgian refugees were welcomed, enemy 'aliens' were incarcerated and Zeppelins rained terror from the skies. Using contemporary publications, newspaper reports and photographs, York In The Great War tells the story of how the residents of York coped with the privations of war and discovers the pressures facing York's Quaker population when the introduction of conscription forced them to challenge their consciences.

As featured in part of author article

WDYTYA? Magazine, September 2016

The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with old photographs, many from the collection of the late and much-missed York historian Hugh Murray, to whom Karyn pays generous tribute in her acknowledgements.

York Press

As featured on BBC Radio York.

BBC Radio York

As seen in the Knaresborough Post.

Knaresborough Post

In 'York in the Great War' [Karyn] uses contemporary sources to create an accurate and evocative portrayal of how life changed in the city between 1914-18. Among the many events she brings to life, both appalling and thrilling, are the nights Zeppelins filled the skies.

North Yorkshire News

As seen in the Harrogate Advertiser.

Harrogate Advertiser

About Karyn Burnham

Karyn Burnham lives in North Yorkshire and gave up full time work a few years ago to concentrate on writing. Since then, she has written The Courage of Cowards: The Untold Stories of First World War Conscientious Objectors, published in 2014 by Pen and Sword Books and has also written for several national magazines and contributed articles to history websites.

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