The Church of England and the Home Front, 1914-1918 Hardback

Civilians, Soldiers and Religion in Wartime Colchester

by Robert Beaken; Terry Waite;


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The Church of England and the Home Front, 1914-1918

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The Church of England is popularly believed to have had a bad First World War. This book challenges that tired orthodoxy. It examines the relationship between parish churches and the Army during the war, using the important garrison town of Colchester as a case study. Colchester in 1914-18 was a microcosm both of English society and of the Church of England, in all their diversity. The presence of the Army also meant that wartime experiences and trends which were noticeable elsewhere in England were sharply felt in Colchester. For the generation of Britons who lived through the Great War, Christianity was an important part of their culture, world view and, in many instances, personal lives. To understand life on the home front during the war, it is vital to understand the part played by Christianity, and particularly by the parishes of the Church of England.
With the help of newly discovered archival material, this book reassesses the relations between clergy, soldiers and civilians, to show that, contrary to widely-held belief, the clergy and their parishioners responded to the crisis of 1914-18 with courage, common sense, and self-sacrifice: their ministry kept much of the population going during the Great War. ROBERT BEAKEN is parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Great Bardfield, and St Katharine, Little Bardfield, in Essex. He holds a PhD from King's College, London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of seven works, including Cosmo Lang: Archbishop in War and Crisis (2012).

The Church of England and the Home Front, 1914-1918 by Robert Beaken; Terry Waite was published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd in October 2015. The ISBN for The Church of England and the Home Front, 1914-1918 is 9781783270514.

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Page last updated 11th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd (October 2015)
Weight726g
Number of Pages281
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781783270514
ISBN-101783270519
Product Code4326131
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