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At Duty's Call : A Study in Obsolete Patriotism (Reprint) (Paperback) (W. J. Reader)

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The Victorian private solider was a despised figure. A working man had to be desperate indeed to take the Queen's shilling. Yet in the first sixteen months of the Great War two and a half million men from the UK and many more from the empire, flocked to the colours - without any form of legal compulsion. There had never been a volunteer army like it. It seems to say there never will be again.What was in the air of England in the generation or so before 1914 to bring about such collective exultation? How did it come about that, in a society which - in oft proclaimed contrast to Germany - rejected conscription and prided itself on having no taint of militarism, men could be induced to volunteer in such numbers? The nation's general state of mind, system of values and set of attitudes derived largely from the upper middle class, which had emerged and become dominant during the nineteenth century. The book examines the phenomenon of 1914 and the views held by people of that class, since it was under their leadership that the country went to war.
The Victorian private solider was a despised figure. A working man had to be desperate indeed to take the Queen's shilling. Yet in the first sixteen months of the Great War two and a half million men from the UK and many more from the empire, flocked to the colours - without any form of legal compulsion. There had never been a volunteer army like it. It seems to say there never will be again.

What was in the air of England in the generation or so before 1914 to bring about such collective exultation? How did it come about that, in a society which - in oft proclaimed contrast to Germany - rejected conscription and prided itself on having no taint of militarism, men could be induced to volunteer in such numbers? The nation's general state of mind, system of values and set of attitudes derived largely from the upper middle class, which had emerged and become dominant during the nineteenth century. The book examines the phenomenon of 1914 and the views held by people of that class, since it was under their leadership that the country went to war.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 152
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Western, Military / World War I
Series Title: Studies in Imperialism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: W. J. Reader
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 46767872
UPC: 9780719097539
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8630

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