Snape, Michael.

God and the British Soldier : Religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars. - 1st ed. - 1 online resource (700 pages) - eBooks on Demand Christianity and Society in the Modern World . - Christianity and Society in the Modern World .

Christianity and society in the modern world -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- ABBREVIATIONS -- INTRODUCTION -- The secularisation debate, war and the soldier -- The British army in two World Wars -- The challenge of the two World Wars -- Chapter 1 'DIFFUSIVE CHRISTIANITY' AND THE RELIGION OF THE SOLDIER -- Introduction -- Diffusive Christianity -- Fatalism -- Amulets -- Spiritualism, ghosts and visions -- Calvaries and Leaning Virgins -- Emergency religion and its meanings -- Conclusion -- Chapter 2 GOD AND THE GENERALS -- Introduction -- Haig and religion -- Haig's lieutenants -- Monty and religion -- Monty's contemporaries -- Conclusion -- Chapter 3 COMMAND AND THE CLERGY -- Introduction -- The First World War and the revolution in army chaplaincy -- Chaplains, morale and the Second World War -- Conclusion -- Chapter 4 THE CHURCH IN KHAKI -- Introduction -- Church parades, compulsion and controversy -- Denominations and denominationalism -- Religion and the officer corps -- Religion and the other ranks -- The holy warrior -- Conclusion -- Chapter 5 RELIGION, MORALITY AND WAR -- Introduction -- Religion and the conduct of war -- War, faith and morals -- Conclusion -- Chapter 6 THE ARMY AND RELIGIOUS PHILANTHROPY -- Introduction -- Clubs, canteens and centres -- Mobile churches, bishops and Bibles -- The churches and medical care -- Conclusion -- CONCLUSION -- NOTES -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- Archival sources -- Archdiocese of Birmingham Archives, St Chad's Cathedral -- CMS Archives, University of Birmingham -- IWM, Department of Documents -- IWM, exhibits and firearms -- IWM, sound archive -- LPL -- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London -- Liddle Collection, University of Leeds -- MO Archive, University of Sussex -- PRO -- RAChD Archive, Amport House -- Author's collection. PP and government publications -- Newspapers and periodicals -- Published primary sources -- Electronic primary sources -- University of Minnesota Human Rights Library -- Secondary sources -- Reference works -- Unpublished dissertations -- INDEX.

Drawing on a wealth of new material from military, ecclesiastical and secular civilian archives, Michael Snape presents a study of the experience of the officers and men of Britain's vast citizen armies, and also of the numerous religious agencies which ministered to them. Historians of the First and Second World Wars have consistently underestimated the importance of religion in Britain during the war years, but this book shows that religion had much greater currency and influence in twentieth-century British society than has previously been realised. Snape argues that religion provided a key component of military morale and national identity in both the First and Second World Wars, and demonstrates that, contrary to accepted wisdom, Britain's popular religious culture emerged intact and even strengthened as a result of the army's experiences of war. The book covers such a range of disciplines, that students and scholars of military history, British history and Religion will all benefit from its purchase.


Great Britain -- Religion -- 20th century.
Great Britain. -- Army -- Religious life.
Soldiers -- Religious life -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Religious aspects.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects.

Electronic books.

D639.R4 -- S55 2005