The Post-War Mood
With the declaration of an armistice on November 11, 1918, Wales entered a prolonged period of reflection, that later turned to disillusion, cynicism, and even at times to despair. The mood of the post-war period soon turned sour. Yet the advent of peace was briefly marked by the continuation of that patriotic frenzy which characterized so much of the war years. Lloyd George called a snap election for December 1918, even before the troops had begun to demobilize, to endorse his Coalition government of Unionists, Liberals, and a handful of ‘patriotic Labour’ men. In Wales, more than most parts of Britain or of Europe, the post-war mood, with its swirling eddies of change and its uprooting of historic, cherished landmarks, brought a revolution in assumptions and priorities.
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