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    London and the First World War

    Goebel, S. and White, Jerry (2016) London and the First World War. The London Journal 41 (3), pp. 199-218. ISSN 0305-8034.

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    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
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Blitz, Cosmopolitanism, First World War, Great War, Home front, Imperial city, London, Soldiers
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 13:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26


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