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Author: Laura Ugolini

ISBN: 9780719086014
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 5 September 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 3.3
Civvies explores the experiences of middle-class men on the English home front during the First World War. Although the conflict continues to attract enormous interest, most attention remains focused on the experiences of servicemen, rather than the majority of adult men who were not enlisted into the armed forces: we still know very little about those men who spent the war years on the home front. This book thus focuses on those middle-class English men who did not join the armed forces not because of moral or political objections to war, but for a variety of other (much more common) reasons, notably exemption, age, family responsibilities or physical unfitness, questioning whether and to what extent practices, relationships and identities were disrupted by the experiences of war on the home front.

Civvies focuses on four inter-linked areas that were central to most English middle-class men's lives, and where the challenges of war on the home front forced middle-class men to rethink conventional understandings of appropriate, 'manly' conduct: the war effort, work, family and relationships, and consumption and leisure. The ways in which middle-class men navigated th...

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