Citizen Soldiers: The Liverpool Territorials in the First World War

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Juni 2016



A compelling 2003 assessment of the experience of the British soldier in the First World War.


1. Introduction; 2. Pre-war Liverpool and the Territorial Force; Part I. Territorial Characteristics and the Morale of the Soldier: 3. 'Cuff and Collar Battalions:' social change and its impact on the unit; 4. 'Common ties at home and strong county pride': the persistence and importance of county uniformity; 5. The links with home: communication between the home front and the fighting front; Part II. Command, Discipline and the Citizen Soldier: 6. Command and consent in the trenches; 7. Discipline, punishment and the territorial ethos; Part III. Attitudes and Experience: The War and its Aftermath: 8. The experience of active service on the Western Front; 9. The aftermath of war.


Helen McCartney is a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King's College London based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.


Review of the hardback: '... is of much more than local interest.' Times Literary Supplement Review of the hardback: '... excellent ... an exemplary blending of social and military history ... this is important, 'cutting edge' history.' Military Illustrated Review of the hardback: '... not short of historiographical ambition ... On the war itself, McCartney appears exemplary in her range of reference and close historiographical engagement ...' Northern History Review of the hardback: 'This is not just another rehash of the exploits of the dehumanised, oppressed, passive British Tommy slogging through the mud of Flanders, that field, like the trenches, is full almost to overcrowding. Instead McCartney considers how the ordinary men involved retained their civilian outlook, their local connections, their social status throughout those terrible years and, in the vast majority of cases, if they were lucky enough to escape unscathed, picked up the threads of their pre-war life ... Helen B. McCartney has produced a first class work using not only official sources, as would be expected, but also the letters and diaries of the men involved ... The book benefits from page by page footnotes and comprehensive bibliography, whilst the photographs, tables and maps only add to our pleasure and understanding. ...For anyone wishing to study the social and cultural history of the British soldier in the first World War this book opens up a new dimension in our understanding and is required reading, chapter 9 The Aftermath of War especially so.' Open History: The Journal of the Open University History Society Review of the hardback: 'Citizen Soldiers is one of the rare publications to breach this divide, combining detailed knowledge of military organization and structure with a careful consideration of the impact of the war on society and class and regional identity ... It is ... the job of good historical studies to ask as many questions as they answer. McCartney's careful, detailed and fascinating study of the experiences and identities of the Liverpool battalions in the war years deserves to be accompanied by further regional studies, in order that we may build a more detailed understanding of the lives of those who experienced the Great War.' Reviews in History Review of the hardback: ' ... this is a subject which deserves a wider readership and Citizen Soldiers is an excellent start; may it inspire urban and local historians to re-examine the relationship between the city and its citizens ...' Urban History
EAN: 9780521848008
ISBN: 0521848008
Untertitel: 'Studies in the Social and Cult'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2016
Seitenanzahl: 275 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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