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Philanthropy and voluntary action in the First World War : mobilizing charity

Author: Peter Grant
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. ©2014
Series: Routledge studies in modern British history, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book challenges scholarship which presents charity and voluntary activity during World War I as marking a downturn from the high point of the late Victorian period. Charitable donations rose to an all-time peak, and the scope and nature of charitable work shifted decisively. Far more working class activists, especially women, became involved, although there were significant differences between the suburban  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Grant
ISBN: 9780415704946 0415704944
OCLC Number: 858935269
Description: xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Gary Sheffield --
Introduction --
Charity, philanthropy and the voluntary sector in 1914: a 'golden age'? --
The outbreak of war and early charitable efforts --
Supporting Tommy: charity goes to war --
The comforts crisis and the director general of voluntary organizations --
Concerns and legislation: scandal, fraud and the 1916 War Charities Act --
The extent and impact of wartime charitable giving --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Routledge studies in modern British history, 10.
Responsibility: Peter Grant.

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"This book challenges scholarship which presents charity and voluntary activity during World War I as marking a downturn from the high point of the late Victorian period. Charitable donations rose to an all-time peak, and the scope and nature of charitable work shifted decisively. Far more working class activists, especially women, became involved, although there were significant differences between the suburban south and industrial north of England and Scotland. The book also corrects the idea that charitably-minded civilians' efforts alienated the men at the front, in contrast to the degree of negativity that surrounds much previous work on voluntary action in this period. Far from there being an unbridgeable gap in understanding or empathy between soldiers and civilians, the links were strong, and charitable contributions were enormously important in maintaining troop morale. This bond significantly contributed to the development and maintenance of social capital in Britain, which, in turn, strongly supported the war effort. This work draws on previously unused primary sources, notably those regarding the developing role of the UK's Director General of Voluntary Organizations and the regulatory legislation of the period"--

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