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A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland

Catriona Pennell


This book explores the way in which the peoples of the United Kingdom – —England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland—went to war in 1914. It is the first fully documented study of UK public opinion at the time and successfully challenges the myth of British ‘war enthusiasm’. It explores what people felt, and how they acted, in response to an unanticipated and unprecedented crisis. It is a history of both ordinary people and elite figures in extraordinary times. It demonstrates that describing the reactions of over 40 million British and Irish people to the outbreak of war in 1914 as either enthusias ... More

Keywords: public opinion, outbreak, First World War, 1914, United Kingdom, unity, entry, reactions, emotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catriona Pennell, author
Lecturer in History, University of Exeter