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Introduction

Catriona Pennell

in A Kingdom United

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590582
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590582.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction outlines the methodology and evidence used in exploring the question of public opinion in a time before opinion polls. It also establishes the thematic, geographic, and chronological framework in which the book is based. The introduction engages briefly with the question of ‘war enthusiasm’ and discusses the origins of this myth in a comparative context. Before moving into the substantive content of the book, the introduction also examines the issue of ‘future wars’ and examines what war, conflict, friends, and foes looked like to the British and Irish populations in the immediate pre‐1914 period.

Keywords: war enthusiasm; myth; evidence; methodology; future wars; imagining

Chapter.  11412 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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