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The National Cause

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/9780199590582.003.0003
The National Cause

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Chapter Two is the first in a series of three thematic chapters. It outlines how the British people came to understand the war and why Britain was fighting. Moreover, it considers how the British people constructed a positive image of the national self in 1914. How did they define the national cause? What was emphasized and why? How selective was the resulting vision? Was a new moral order created? If so, who was included and excluded? What defined appropriate and inappropriate behaviour? Finally, who disagreed with Britain being at war?

Keywords: why; national cause; justifying war; ideas of 1914; allies; moral order; dissent; doubt

Chapter.  18388 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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