A Nation in Arms: The British Army in the First World War

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The Great War was the first conflict to draw men and women into uniform on a massive scale. From a small regular force of barely 250,000, the British Army rapidly expanded into a national force of over five million. A Nation in Arms brings together original research into the impact of the war on the army as an institution, gives a revealing account of those who served in it and offers fascinating insights into its social history during one of the bloodiest wars. 'an important pioneering work that is indispensable reading' (Stand To - Peter Scott) 'cohesive and comprehensive... well research ed and cogently argued' (Albion - David Woodward) 'a comprehensive guide to research.... important contribution in First World War historiography' (History - Brian Bond) 'the authors...demonstrate how much be gained by seeing the history of an army as an aspect of general social history' (THES - Keith Robbins) 'a deeper and invigorated understanding of the extraordinary relations between modern war and the social engines that produce it' (R.E .Canjar) Selling Points * A classic account of the British army during the First World War. * Wide-ranging analysis of every aspect of army life and organization. * A vivid portrait of the army at war. * Written by leading experts in the field. Editors Details Professor Ian F W Beckett is currently Major-General Matthew C Horner Professor of Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He was formerly Professor of Modern History at the University of Luton and Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. His publications include The Great War, 1914-18 and The Oxford History of the British Army (co-edited with David Chandler). Keith Simpson is Conservative Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and a Director of the Cranfield Security Studies Institute. His publications include The Old Contemptibles and a new edited version of the classic, The War the Infantry Knew