Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: New York : NYU Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (378 p.)ISBN: 9780814768525Subject(s): Civilians in war | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918DDC classification: 940.3/1 LOC classification: D524.6 .P76 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Citizens in Uniform; 2 Civilians and the Labor of War; 3 Constructing Home Fronts; 4 Caught between the Lines; 5 Caring for the Wounded; 6 Creating War Experts; 7 Civilians behind the Wire; 8 Civil War and Revolution; Conclusion: Consequences of World War I; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author
World War I heralded a new global era of warfare, consolidating and expanding changes that had been building throughout the previous century, while also instituting new notions of war. The 1914-18 conflict witnessed the first aerial bombing of civilian populations, the first widespread concentration camps for the internment of enemy alien civilians, and an unprecedented use of civilian labor and resources for the war effort. Humanitarian relief programs for civilians became a common feature of modern society, while food became as significant as weaponry in the fight to win. Tammy M. Proctor ar
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CHOICE ReviewIn this excellent, astute work, historian Proctor (Wittenberg Univ.) explains that the creation of citizen-armies by widespread international conscription and recruiting campaigns during WW I ensured that noncombatants also were mired in warfare, taking over the responsibilities of men who had been called up, sustaining at long distance the morale of their loved ones in uniform, dealing with food rationing and epidemics, or providing medical care, entertainment, or sex to troops who were far from their homes. Thus, the dichotomy between wartime combatants and civilians was deceptive, and the conventional idea of civilians as "innocent" bystanders overlooked the truth. Civilians provided crucial services, suffered enormous personal losses, and were directly affected by shortages, combat, occupation, the militarization of their surroundings, and the chaotic consequences of war. When hostilities ended in 1918, civilians continued their war efforts, spending further years untangling the bureaucratic aftermath, providing for the dispossessed, or caring for the men who returned with physical or mental disabilities. Civilian contributions remained largely unrewarded, unrecognized, and unacknowledged, though their value in WW I set the stage for civilization participation in subsequent conflicts. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. E. J. Jenkins Arkansas Tech University
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Tammy M. Proctor is professor of history at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She is the author of On My Honour: Guides and Scouts in Interwar Britain, Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War (NYU Press).