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A Kingdom UnitedPopular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland$
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Catriona Pennell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590582.001.0001

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Settling Into War

Settling Into War

(p.198) 7 Settling Into War
A Kingdom United

Catriona Pennell

Oxford University Press

After the jolt of the outbreak of war, that led to food panics and a brief financial scare, the vast inertia of everyday life in England asserted itself. This chapter examines how the populations of Britain and Ireland settled into war, once the initial shock and chaos of the opening six weeks had died down. By outlining the level of socio‐economic changes experienced across the country, the chapter illustrates how the well‐coined phrase ‘business as usual’ was more an expression of hope than a reflection of any kind of reality. Who and where was most affected? How long did people believe they would have to live in these new circumstances?

Keywords:   acceptance, normality, banal, change, upheaval, Christmas, dislocation, separation

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