Soldiers and the Culture of Caregiving in Britain during the Great War

192pp 20 ILLUS 2005 LIST PRICE: £35.00 H433



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This study of caregiving during the Great War explores life behind the lines for ordinary British soldiers who served on the Western Front. Using a variety of literary, artistic and architectural evidence, Reznick draws connections between the war machine and the wartime culture of caregiving: the product of medical knowledge and procedure, social relationships and health institutions that informed experiences of rest, recovery and rehabilitation in sites administered by military and voluntary-aid authorities. Rest huts, hospitals and rehabilitation centres served not only as means to sustain manpower and support for the war but also as sites where soldiers, caregivers and the public attempted to make sense of the conflict and the unprecedented change it wrought. Revealing little-known aspects of wartime life, this book shows that Britain's 'generation of 1914' was a group bound as much by a comradeship of healing as by a comradeship of the trenches.
. . . a substantial contribution to war medicine and the cultural history of war. It has never been done in such a lively and innovative way before. Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College