How the British working class won the First World War: patriotism, protest and commemoration
Living Legacies WW1 Engagement Centre
04/04/2017 7:30pm - 04/04/2017 8:30pm
Continuing & Professional Education Building
21–23 Senghennydd Road
How the British working class won the First World War: patriotism, protest and commemoration.
Public Lecture by Dr Nick Mansfield (University of Central Lancashire)
Class was the dominant factor in British society during the First World War. Working class men volunteered in huge numbers for the army. They were encouraged by their burgeoning trade unions, which actively supported the war effort and took an increasing role in government. Women joined the workforce as well as participating in protests. Radical ex-service organisations campaigned for pensions and for tangible commemoration of sacrifice. The working class presence became dominant after 1918, in recognition of their wartime victory.