A Kingdom United by Catriona Pennell

Ground-breaking new book on public attitudes to the outbreak of World War 1

Dr Catriona Pennell, Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, has just published a ground-breaking study on popular responses to the outbreak of the First World War - a time before the public opinion surveys that we take for granted today even existed.

A Kingdom United (Oxford University Press, 2012) draws from a vast array of diaries, journals and newspapers to provide a compelling picture of some of the thoughts, views and conversations of British and Irish people on the outbreak of war. The book challenges preconceptions and assumptions about how ordinary people and elite figures reacted to events and pays special attention to the question of Ireland, demonstrating how the majority of Irish people supported the war and were united in the British cause.

Further details of the book, including sample extracts, are available at the Oxford University Press website.

Date: 12 March 2012

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