© 1985

The Great War and the British People

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. The Demographic Costs of the Great War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. J. M. Winter
      Pages 65-99
  4. The Paradox of the Great War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. J. M. Winter
      Pages 103-153
    3. J. M. Winter
      Pages 154-187
    4. J. M. Winter
      Pages 188-212
    5. J. M. Winter
      Pages 213-245
  5. The Legacy of the Great War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 306-360

About this book


This second edition of the classic bestseller by J.M. Winter, originally published by Macmillan in 1985, includes a new and up-to-date introduction. This was the first major study to highlight the paradox that a conflict that killed or maimed over two million men, also created conditions which improved the health of the civilian population. Examining both the war and its aftermath, Dr Winter surveys not only trends in population and the impact of the conflict on an entire generation, but also, more profoundly, the meaning of the literature of the period.


cultural history First World War poverty

About the authors

J.M. WINTER is Professor of History at Columbia University.

Bibliographic information


Reviews of the First Edition:

'Dr Winter has written what will surely come to be regarded as a true classic in the writing of Twentieth-century British Social History.' - History Today

'One of the virtues of this book is to demonstrate that...quite complex things can be made accessible to the less numerate in clear, direct and highly readable words.' - New Society

'J. M. Winter's extremely nutritious book...will prove well nigh indispensible.' - Times Educational Supplement