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The home front in Britain: images, myths and forgotten experiences since 1914

The home front in Britain: images, myths and forgotten experiences since 1914

Lomas, Janis, editor; Andrews, Maggie, editor

This collection of 14, academically rigorous and accessible chapters explores the British Home Front in the last 100 years since the outbreak of WW1. The wide range of case studies include war widows allowances, Landgirls, the role of factory inspectors in WW1 and canal boat women, national savings, Guernsey evacuees and clothes rationing in WW2. The meaning and images of the British home and family in times of war are interrogated in the past and in contemporary culture to challenge prevalent myths of how working and domestic life shifted in times of national conflict. This volume is intended to encourage a reappraisal of the place of the Home Front in British conceptualisations of war and conflict

Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Maggie Andrews, Janis Lomas
ISBN: 1137348976, 1137348984, 9781137348975, 9781137348982
Physical Description: 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subject: Great Britain History 20th century.; World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain.; World War, 1914-1918 Great Britain.; Women in war Great Britain History 20th century.; Great Britain Social conditions 20th century.; Warfare and Defence.; Women Great Britain Social conditions 20th century.


  1. Introduction
  2. Maggie Andrews and Janis Lomas 1. The Idea and Ideal of Domesticity and Home in WW1
  3. Maggie Andrews 2. A Personal Account of The Home Front
  4. Angela Clare Smith 3. Soldiering on: War Widows in WW1 Britain
  5. Janis Lomas 4. Mortality or Morality? Keeping Workers Safe in World War One
  6. Anne Spurgeon 5. A Heroine at Home: The Housewife on the WW1 Home Front
  7. Karen Hunt 6. Female Agricultural Workers in Wales in WW1
  8. Thomas George 7. Ellen Wilkinson and Home Security
  9. Paula Bartley 8. Guernsey Mothers and Children: Forgotten Evacuees
  10. Gillian Mawson 9. The Home Front as a 'Moment' for Animals and Humans: Exploring the Animal - Human Relationship in Contemporary Diaries and Letters
  11. Hilda Kean 10. The Weak and the Wicked: Non-Conscripted Masculinities in 1940s British Cinema
  12. Paul Elliott 11. Rationing in WW2: Creativity and Buying to Last
  13. Elspeth King and Maggie Andrews 12. The 'Idle Women': Breaking Gender Stereotypes on Britain's Inland Waterways During the Second World War
  14. Barbara Hately-Broad and Bob Moore 13. 'Doing Your Bit': Women and the National Savings Movement in the Second World War
  15. Rosalind Watkiss Singleton 14. Contemporary Images and Ideas of the Home Front
  16. Maggie Andrews

Author note

Dr. Paula Bartley, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Dr. Paul Elliott, University of Worcester, UK

Thomas George, Cardiff University, Wales

Dr. Barbara Hately-Broad, University of Sheffield, UK

Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University, UK

Dr. Hilda Kean, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Elspeth King, University of Worcester, UK

Gillian Mawson, University of Manchester, UK

Professor Bob Moore, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Rosalind Watkiss Singleton, University of Wolverhampton and Ruskin College, UK

Angela Clare Smith, Heritage Museums across the UK

Dr. Anne Spurgeon, University of Birmingham, UK