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:

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This book discusses the First World War's aftermath in two ardent nations. Its subject is the reintegration of disabled veterans in Britain and Germany contending that the war's burdens could not be met by these states alone. The First World War was a dangerous precedent. More than 9.5 million soldiers died over a period of fifty-two months and, on average, the war claimed the lives of 5,600 men every day that it continued. Twenty million men were severely wounded while 8 million veterans returned home permanently disabled. They had suffered the worst injuries ever seen. Soil peace came in the aftermath of the Great War, though slowly. Many of the new republics had been replaced by dictatorships intent upon imperial expansion. At the war's end, many disabled veterans in Germany still believed in the goodwill of their fellow citizens. Hope had turned to hostility as early as the mid-1920s.

Keywords: aftermath; Britain; Germany; First World War; veterans

Chapter.  4947 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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