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Empires at War1911-1923$
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Robert Gerwarth and Erez Manela

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702511

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702511.001.0001

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The Dominions, Ireland, and India

The Dominions, Ireland, and India

(p.152) 8 The Dominions, Ireland, and India
Empires at War

Stephen Garton

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Great War on the British Empire from the perspective of the imperial periphery. Focusing on those parts of the Empire that contributed considerable manpower, financial and material resources to the war effort, the chapter examines the impact and consequences of participation on these parts of the Empire and on the tenor of imperial relations more generally after the war. It explores the social, political, and cultural tensions that emerged around mobilisation for war, tracing the gradual transition from ‘innocent enthusiasm’ to increasing ambivalence and even outright resistance to the war effort. Equally it focuses on the impact of the war on the home front. Increasing industrial conflict, agrarian revolt, and acrimonious campaigns around public order, censorship and conscription were evident throughout these parts of the Empire, exacerbated by the return of servicemen who believed that their sacrifice required a just reward.

Keywords:   First World War, British Empire, India, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand

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