This volume gives students and researchers an insight into British central government in 1914, how and why it altered during the war years and what permanent changes remained when the war was over. The war saw the scope of governmental intervention widened in an unprecedented manner. The contributors to this book analyse the reasons for this expansion and describe how the changes affected the government machine and the lives of the citizens. They consider why some innovations did not survive the coming of peace while others permanently transformed the duties and procedures of government.
Introduction. 1. The Rise and Fall of ‘Business as Usual’ David French 2. The Ministry of Munitions: An Innovatory Department Chris Wrigley 3. Cabinets, Committees and Secretariats: the Higher Direction of War John Turner 4. The Treasury: From Impotence to Power Kathleen Burk 5. The Ministry of Labour, 1916-19: A Still, Small Voice? 6. Bureaucrats and Businessmen in British Food Control 1916-19 José Harris 7. Winding Down the War Economy: British Plans for Peacetime Recovery, 1916-19 Peter Cline