Chapter

A Voluntary Peace

Deborah Cohen

in The War Come Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220089.003.0001
A Voluntary Peace

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The supremacy of British philanthropy reflected the state's failure to provide adequately for the disabled. British veterans evaded from politics alone among their European counterparts. Neither the British Union of Fascists nor the Communist inspired National Unemployed Workers' Movement succeeded in recruiting significant numbers of ex-servicemen to their cause. Refraining demonstrations and protests, the country's largest veteran's organization, the British Legion, placed its trust in the grateful public. This chapter examines the making of social peace in the Great War's aftermath. An analysis of the symbolic politics of gratitude, it assesses the significance of voluntarism for the course of the British veterans' movement and by extension of the stability of interwar Britain.

Keywords: philanthropy; Communist; British Legion; voluntarism; fascist

Chapter.  18545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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