Tagged: World War 1

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#Somme100 – commemoration or appropriation?

Today marks 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. As the bloodiest battle of the First World War, it still resonates in public memory throughout Europe and worldwide. The battle (in fact a series of connected battles) caused around 419 000 British and 204...

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Remember Them As You Must

As the first of two World Wars, the Great War is a chilling reminder of the atrocities of war and death. The purpose of this post is to remind us not only of the horrifying realities of war, but also of the brave men and women who fought for their...

First World War Women Munition Workers. Source: The Guardian 0

Nothing More Than Photo-Opportunities?

Women’s Work and the First World War Arthur Marwick once argued that the First World War had an emancipatory and liberating effect on women. Since then, historians have revisited and revised this interpretation, arguing that the war was not transformative for women – the change, if any, was slight and...

The Women's Land Army, Vita Sackville-West The Transformation of the Land Girl 0

How was the Women’s Land Army viewed in 1944?

‘The Women’s Land Army’ by Vita Sackville-West (written under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) was the first self-conscious attempt to highlight the efforts of the organisation in saving the country from starvation, published in 1944. The book includes information on the experiences of Land Girls and...