Wirral and the Great War

  • Stephen Roberts


This chapter analyses the people of Wirral’s understanding of the Great War of 1914–1918 by focusing on the reasons why they remained committed to its successful prosecution. Wirral was a microcosm of British society and contained structures which facilitated mass involvement in the war, both on the home and on the fighting fronts. These structures, combined with beliefs and attitudes, sustained the population during the war’s darkest days. It was both a modern and a traditional society with growing prosperity and urbanisation balanced by a reverence for tradition and social hierarchy. This chapter reveals that the home and fighting fronts were more intimately linked than is often thought to be the case.


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  • Stephen Roberts
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  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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