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The Upheaval of war : family, work, and welfare in Europe, 1914-1918 /
edited by Richard Wall and Jay Winter.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
description
vii, 497 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521323452
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
0521323452
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1301236
 
Bibliography: p. 453-475.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1989-09:
WW I was surprisingly more of a conservative rather than a revolutionary force as far as the social history of the European family was concerned. This is the major conclusion of most of the 16 scholars who examined the social, economic, and ideological repercussions of the war. Women moved into the employment market slightly more quickly than before, but in more traditional fields and not in male-dominated areas. Another interesting but not surprising finding is that democratic societies were much more effective than authoritarian societies in harnessing their resources for a total political war. Although most of the data were drawn from the English, French, Belgian, and German economies, it is rather clear that the overall conclusions apply neatly to all of Western Europe. This significant contribution to the literature of the war breaks new ground in the fields of family as well as in social and economic history. Particularly notable is the comparative use of demographic data and propaganda tracts issued by governmental and private groups during the conflict. The volume is tightly organized and edited, and includes backnotes and graphs. Academic libraries and advanced students will find it a necessity. -E. L. Homze, University of Nebraska--Lincoln
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Reference & Research Book News, February 1990
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This collection of essays views the social effects of the effects of the First World War on family life. It highlights the fundamental dialectic between the effects in disturbing family life and in releasing social and political forces, which helped to restore family life in its more traditional forms.
Description for Library
In a fully comparative, European context, this book offers a unique examination of the effects of the First World War on family life. The contributory essays, written by sixteen scholars in the field, focus primarily on the social, economic and ideological repercussions of the war. In general, the book highlights the fundamental dialectic between the effects of the First World War in disturbing family life and in releasing social and political forces, which helped to restore family life in its more traditional forms.
Main Description
In a fully comparative, European context, this book offers a unique examination of the effects of the First World War on family life. The contributory essays, written by sixteen scholars in the field, focus primarily on the social, economic and ideological repercussions of the war. After a detailed study of living standards in wartime Europe, attention then turns to the ways in which the war affected women's work and how it affected the state's attitude to the family and encouraged the pro-natalist movements. The final section also considers broader speculations about the impact of war on family forms and alternative social affiliations. In general, the book highlights the fundamental dialectic between the effects of the First World War in disturbing family life and in releasing social and political forces, which helped to restore family life in its more traditional forms.
Table of Contents
List of plates
Introduction
Comparative Perspectives
Some paradoxes of the First World War
English and German families and the First World War 1914-18
Conditions of Life and Standards of Living
Behind the lines: working class family life in wartime Vienna
Standards of living and standards of health in wartime Belgium
Variations in patterns of consumption in Germany in the period of the First World War
Nutrition and living standards in wartime Britain
The impact of the First World War on British workers
The impact of the First World War on French workers
Women and Work
Women and work in France during the First World War
Women's work in industry and family: Germany, 1914-18
Women and work in wartime Britain
Social Policy and Family Ideology
Pronatalism and the popular ideology of the child in wartime France: the evidence of the picture postcard
Eugenics and pronatalism in wartime Britain
'Pregnancy is the woman's active service': pronatalism in Germany during the First World War
The medical profession, social hygiene and the birth rate in Germany, 1914-18
MSnnerbund versus the family: middle-class youth movements and the family in Germany in the period of the First World War
Bibliography
Index
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