State, Society and Mobilization in Europe during the First World War

State, Society and Mobilization in Europe during the First World War

This is a volume of comparative essays on the First World War that focuses on one central feature: the political and cultural "mobilization" of the populations of the main belligerent countries in Europe behind the war. It explores how and why they supported the war for so long (as soldiers and civilians), why that support weakened in the face of the devastation of trench warfare, and why states with a stronger degree of political support and national integration (such as Britain and France) were ultimately successful.


"This is new social history and deals with the culture battles fought out within as well as among the belligerent powers, at home and in the trenches, during th eGreat War. ...the research is uniformly competent. ,,,these essays do integrate current historiography with new or previously underutilized sources and remind us that often the most important things in a war do not occur on the battlefield." Daniel R. Beaver, Military History

"This volume is a state-of-the-art encapsulation of research into European society during the period. The editor is to be congratulated for ensuring the snug fit of all of the substantially revised contributions (only half of those given at the conference) into a comparative study of the cultural and poltical mobilization of European societies. This is an important work, innovative in its research and nuanced in its conclusions." J.F.V. Keiger, The International History Review

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