Chapter Twenty-Seven. Britain and Ireland

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Adrian Gregory Lecturer

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch27

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Gregory, A. (2010) Britain and Ireland, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • Britain and Ireland, threat over relationship between Britain and Ireland;
  • The Cenotaph in Whitehall and Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey - memorials to the dead of the British Empire;
  • home rule for Ireland, conservative party opposition to liberal party and Irish parliamentary party;
  • British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to France, career soldiers and reservists - western front stabilization;
  • Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs), young middle-class women volunteering as nurses;
  • Defence of the Realm Act (DORA), isolation and imprisonment of suspected subversives - industrial “appeasement” granting “war bonuses”;
  • The “khaki election”, victory to Conservative-Unionists and “Liberal” allies (December 1918);
  • Belgium's War Legacy - particularities of Belgium's war experience influencing its postwar history, its position in the world;
  • Pirenne's Histoire de Belgique, defining the country's raison d'être - status as a heterogeneous, voluntarily cohesive microcosm of Western Europe


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  • References and Further Reading