A kingdom united: popular responses to the outbreak of the by Catriona Pennell

By Catriona Pennell

During this, the 1st totally documented examine of British and Irish renowned reactions to the outbreak of the 1st international struggle, Catriona Pennell explores united kingdom public opinion of the time and effectively demanding situations the parable of British 'war enthusiasm'.

A state United explores what humans felt, and the way they acted, based on an unanticipated and exceptional problem. it's a heritage of either usual humans and elite figures in notable instances. Dr Pennell demonstrates that describing the reactions of over forty million British and Irish humans to the outbreak of warfare as both enthusiastic within the British case, or disengaged within the Irish, is over-simplified and insufficient. Emotional reactions to the warfare have been ambiguous and complicated, and altered over the years.

By the tip of 1914 the populations of britain, Scotland, Wales, and eire had mostly embraced the struggle, however the struggle had additionally embraced them and confirmed no indicators of relinquishing its grip. The 5 months from August to December 1914 set the form of a lot that used to be to keep on with. A nation United describes and explains that twenty-week formative process.

Pennell attracts from an enormous array of diaries, letters, journals, and newspaper debts by means of the very those that skilled the warfare in its first dramatic 5 months. She outlines the range of responses felt among either the standard humans and elite figures from around the country.

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Harry A. 11 Like Mr Britling, the character in H. G. 13 As a consequence, whilst diplomatically the temperature had been rising, especially since the evening of 23 July when Austria-Hungary had delivered its fortyeight hour ultimatum to Serbia, it was not until four days later that the seriousness of the situation became apparent to the British public. On 27 July The Times published the qualified acceptance of the Austrian ultimatum by Serbia on the evening of Saturday 25 July and, crucially, Austria-Hungary’s immediate dismissal of the conciliatory Serbian response.

32, 36–7. The ‘Scouts’ movement was phenomenally successful in the pre-war period, attracting 128,397 boys to its ranks in 1912. Although the reasons for its popularity are debatable – many working-class boys were attracted to the movement because of the opportunity to undertake outdoor pursuits rather than because of its promotion of empire—the ‘Scouts’ undeniably encouraged militaristic ideals and routine. See Bernard Porter, The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain (Oxford, 2004), 188, 208.

The British retained their somewhat cautious and pragmatic approach to tactics, although at higher levels it was fashionable to ape continental thought. Additionally, a respect for fire power remained at brigade level and below. 54 For those military (or civil) leaders who had contemplated the possibility of Britain’s involvement in a continental war, few imagined that it would become a ‘total’ war of millions lasting over four years. 55 Although they shocked contemporary opinion, recent wars also seemed remote.

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