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Author Grant, Peter, 1955 February 21-
Title Philanthropy and voluntary action in the First World War : mobilizing charity / by Peter Grant
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2014
book jacket
 Modern History Library  940.31 G762    AVAILABLE    30550100556792
Descript xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Routledge studies in modern British history ; 10
Routledge studies in modern British history ; 10
Note "This book challenges scholarship which presents charity and voluntary activity during World War I as marking a downturn from the high point of the late Victorian period. Charitable donations rose to an all-time peak, and the scope and nature of charitable work shifted decisively. Far more working class activists, especially women, became involved, although there were significant differences between the suburban south and industrial north of England and Scotland. The book also corrects the idea that charitably-minded civilians' efforts alienated the men at the front, in contrast to the degree of negativity that surrounds much previous work on voluntary action in this period. Far from there being an unbridgeable gap in understanding or empathy between soldiers and civilians, the links were strong, and charitable contributions were enormously important in maintaining troop morale. This bond significantly contributed to the development and maintenance of social capital in Britain, which, in turn, strongly supported the war effort. This work draws on previously unused primary sources, notably those regarding the developing role of the UK's Director General of Voluntary Organizations and the regulatory legislation of the period"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief -- Great Britain
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Great Britain
World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
Charities -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
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