Settling Into War

Catriona Pennell

in A Kingdom United

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590582
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738777 | DOI:
Settling Into War

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After the jolt of the outbreak of war, that led to food panics and a brief financial scare, the vast inertia of everyday life in England asserted itself. This chapter examines how the populations of Britain and Ireland settled into war, once the initial shock and chaos of the opening six weeks had died down. By outlining the level of socio‐economic changes experienced across the country, the chapter illustrates how the well‐coined phrase ‘business as usual’ was more an expression of hope than a reflection of any kind of reality. Who and where was most affected? How long did people believe they would have to live in these new circumstances?

Keywords: acceptance; normality; banal; change; upheaval; Christmas; dislocation; separation

Chapter.  15080 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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