This beautifully illustrated social history of Devon during World War I examines the cultural changes brought about during this period. Every sector of society felt the impact of the war acutely. People pulled together in some things, and pulled apart in others. Men had to decide whether to enlist or not, and risk the social, moral, and physical consequences of their decisions to be servicemen or remain civilians. Conscription, meanwhile, brought other keenly-felt social, political, and personal issues to the surface. Thematically divided, this fascinating and timely study explores the experiences of many of Devon’s people: soldiers; aliens and spies, both real and imagined; refugees; conscientious objectors; nurses and doctors; churchmen; the changing roles of women and children; and, of course, farmers. It provides a moving tribute to the price paid by Devon and its people during the War to End all Wars.
The People of Devon in the First World War
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