• Title: Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War
  • Author: Jerry White
  • ISBN: 9781847921659
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War Keep the home fires burning pm Tuesday August For the next four years the people of London would find themselves at the hub of the ever enlarging storm of World War One The many tangled thre
    Keep the home fires burning 11pm, Tuesday 4 August 1914 For the next four years the people of London would find themselves at the hub of the ever enlarging storm of World War One.The many tangled threads of Britain s war converged on the capital the majority of munitions were manufactured there soldiers in their hundreds of thousands passed through, on their way to actiKeep the home fires burning 11pm, Tuesday 4 August 1914 For the next four years the people of London would find themselves at the hub of the ever enlarging storm of World War One.The many tangled threads of Britain s war converged on the capital the majority of munitions were manufactured there soldiers in their hundreds of thousands passed through, on their way to active service or brought back bleeding from the frontlines refugees from war torn territories sought respite and a new life there And then there were the citizens themselves patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes all dependent on the shifting fortunes of war.Jerry White shows us a city struggling, but also flourishing, economically and socially, leading us through factories and nightclubs alike As war raged on many fronts across the globe, Londoners almost without exception were caught up body and soul in its thrall.

    One Reply to “Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War”

    1. There's nothing new here for the Great War aficionado, but it's a highly readable and informative account of life in London during the war.

    2. If you want to know anything about the history of London then Jerry White is your man. There are already a wealth of books on London during the Second World War and the blitz but much less about the home front during the First World War so this book is invaluable. What will surprise many is the extent to which London was bombed by the Germans during the first as well as the Second World War from both Zeppelins and bombers. In fact, London's survival during the blitz owed a great deal to the less [...]

    3. Zeppelin Nights depicts London in 1914 as a city at a crossroads - despite the Industrial Revolution and the end of the Victorian era, the streets of London were still littered with manure from horse-drawn carriages and its values were very much drawn from the nineteenth century. In this rich and expansive book, Jerry White underlines that the Great War altered the feel of London irrevocably and that the city we know today is still feeling the after-effects. London had to move on past the age of [...]

    4. This year - 2014 - is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. Many excellent histories have been published in the past few years, and one of the best is British historian Jerry White's book, "Zeppelin Nights", which focuses on London during the war years. Professor White teaches at Birbeck College at the University of London. He is the author of three previous histories of London and its people.The Great War is best looked at in smaller, more manageable portions than in its enti [...]

    5. When one thinks of London and war, one inevitably thinks of the Blitz. But acclaimed London historian Jerry White has written an account of London in the First World War. It is a fascinating account and all the more so for being a less well-known history. White explores the impact of the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) on Londoners, with highly amusing anecdotes such as the investigation into ‘Tippling Among Women.’ Morally lax theatres were also the bane of the establishment: the Lord Chamb [...]

    6. Finished reading: Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War / Jerry White 25 July 2015ISBN: 9780099556046What a fascinating book! This book gives some idea of what life was like for individuals and local communities in London during the Great War. Every page contains information and insights to which most are likely to exclaim, “Who knew?” At the outbreak of war, many, many volunteers from the lower and lowest classes were rejected because of their poor health and fitness status: they l [...]

    7. It's an odd book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's full of fascinating information and odd bits of trivia and it shows how the war cracked the British class system and its pre war culture. It's still difficult to believe just how stratified the country was before the war, how distust of the working class could be carried so far that it was considered inadvisable to have air raid warnings in case Londoners panicked or 'bunked off work'. Nor is it easy to imagine the prudish response and the [...]

    8. Having recently read two fabulous books marketed for children which feature zeppelins ([Vango] and [Shadow of the Zeppelin]) I wanted more background reading on Zeppelins so I turned to this history of London during the First World War. Actually Zeppelins don't feature that much, but it is a fascinating read ranging from the impact on women's employment to the city's physical health, the pressures of housing, the fashion for dancing and pianos. One particularly eye opening aspect of it all was t [...]

    9. One of the things which motivated me to read this book was the fact that my mother, born in London in 1908, lived through the war there. It was fascinating to discover what she would have experienced. The book covers all sorts of details which we don't normally hear about, and with occasional lapses into bad grammar it's a very interesting read.

    10. Brilliantly researched; beautifully written. I knew there'd been Zeppelin and bomber raids on London during WWI, but not the extent of them, or details of the authorities inability to do anything much about them.

    11. This book is more of a social history than an account of the use of Zeppelins in WWI.A bit of an odd book – interesting in places but it wasn’t as engaging as it could have been.

    12. This is an accessible and well researched account of London's experience of the First World War.

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