1st Edition

Veterans of the First World War
Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Servicewomen in Post-War Britain and Ireland





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ISBN 9780367661304
September 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This volume synthesises the latest scholarship on First World War veterans in post-war Britain and Ireland, investigating the topic through its political, social and cultural dynamics. It examines the post-war experiences of those men and women who served and illuminates the nature of the post-war society for which service had been given. Complicating the homogenising tendency in existing scholarship it offers comparison of the experiences of veterans in different regions of Britain, including perspectives drawn from Ireland. Further nuance is offered by the assessment of the experiences of ex-servicewomen alongside those of ex-servicemen, such focus deeping understanding into the gendered specificities of post-war veteran activities and experiences. Moreover, case studies of specific cohorts of veterans are offered, including focus on disabled veterans and ex-prisoners of war.



In these regards the collection offers vital updates to existing scholarship while bringing important new departures and challenges to the current interpretive frameworks of veteran experiences in post-war Britain and Ireland.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



Acknowledgements





List of Abbreviations





Introduction British Veterans after the First World War



David Swift & Oliver Wilkinson





Chapter 1. The Deep Roots of The British Legion: The Emergence of First World War British Veterans’ Organisations



Mike Hally





Chapter 2. Ex-servicemen and the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association, 1919-21



Paul Huddie





Chapter 3. Between Workers and Soldiers: The Relationship between the Labour Party and Ex-servicemen after the First World War



Marcus Morris





Chapter 4. ‘A Fighting Man and a Thinking Man’: The British Left, Ex-Servicemen, and Working-Class Culture, 1914-1924



David Swift





Chapter 5. Revolution, Ex-Servicemen, and the Cork Branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, 1918-21



John Borgonovo





Chapter 6. ‘It’s up to you now to fight for your own country’: Ireland’s Great War Veterans in the War of Independence, 1919-21



Steven O’Connor





Chapter 7. ‘Still in the Ranks of the Old Corps, Though Not on Active Service’: Women’s Veteran Organisations in Interwar Britain.



Krisztina Robert





Chapter 8. Paternalism and Prosthetics: Life for Disabled Veterans and Their Families on a Post-War Settlement



Martin Purdy





Chapter 9. Wounded in a Mentionable Place: The (In)visibility of the Disabled Ex-serviceman in Inter-war Britain



Jessica Meyer





Chapter 10. Ex-Prisoners of War, 1914-18: Veteran Association, Assimilation and Disassociation After the First World War



Oliver Wilkinson





 



 



Bibliography





Index



 

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Editor(s)

Biography

David Swift is the Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellow at Ben Gurion University of the Negev



Oliver Wilkinson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton