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London and the First World War

Goebel, Stefan P., White, Jerry (2016) London and the First World War. The London Journal, 41 (3). pp. 199-218. ISSN 0305-8034. E-ISSN 1749-6322. (doi:10.1080/03058034.2016.1216758) (KAR id:56579)

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Abstract

This article outlines the relationship between London and the First World War. The metropolitan dimension of total war is an emerging field of research at the intersection of military history and urban studies. The article (and special issue) aims to set out an agenda for historians of war/the city. While it is true that what happened at the ‘home front’ generally occurred in the capital city too, the London experience of the Great War was in many respects distinctive. The nerve centre of both the national and imperial war effort, the metropolis was the site of heightened anticipation, dense experience and concentrated commemoration. For London, the First World War proved an accelerator and incubator of socio-cultural change. Even so, London's stability vis-à-vis other imperial capitals was remarkable. The true impact of the war and its legacy can only be gauged by contrasting it with the state of London around 1914.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/03058034.2016.1216758
Uncontrolled keywords: Blitz, Cosmopolitanism, First World War, Great War, Home front, Imperial city, London, Soldiers
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 14:30 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 09:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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