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Civilians & the war


  • J. M. Winter, The Great War and the British People, 2nd ed. (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).
  • David M. Kennedy, Over Here: the First World War and American Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980).
  • Patrick Fridenson (ed.) The French home front, 1914-1918 (Providence [R.I.]: Berg, 1992).


  • Agriculture, food and rationing
  • Anxiety and waiting - for relatives, husbands, etc. to return
  • The experience of:
    —non-combatant men
    —urban workers
    —rural workers
  • The experience of being under attack
  • The ‘feminising’ of homefront society
  • Industry - munitions, textiles, materiel, etc.
  • Mourning the missing and dead


  • James Ciment (ed.); Thaddeus Russell, contributing ed.), The home front encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2007). Starr Main Reference Room (Non-Circulating), SML. D570 .H54 2007+ Oversize.
  • Popular newspapers during World War I [microform] (Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew Publications, 1996) 62 microfilm reels : ill. ; 35 mm. + 1 guide. SML. Film B15381.
  • Hector Macquarrie, Over here; impressions of America, by a British officer (Philadelphia, London, J.B. Lippincott company, 1918) MUDD Library. WB 47216.
  • Michael S. Neiberg (ed.), The World War I reader [electronic resource] : [primary and secondary sources] (New York: New York University Press, c2007) Yale Internet Resource.
  • Abrahamson, James L. The American home front: Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II (Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC: National Defense University Press : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1983.) Government Documents Center (Non-Circulating), MUDD Library. D 5.402:Am 3/2.
  • Helen Davenport Brown Gibbons, A little gray home in France (New York: The Century co., 1919). MUDD Library. WB 36057.
  • Charles Lathrop Pack, The war garden victorious (Philadelphia, J.P. Lippincott Company, 1919). MUDD Library. WB 46190.
  • Richard Van Emden and Steve Humphries, All quiet on the home front: an oral history of life in Britain during the First World War (London: Headline, 2003) SML. DA577 .V36X 2003.
  • Ian Williams (ed.) Newspapers of the First World War (Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1970) LSF. Folio D 136.
  • Ian F. W. Beckett, The Home Front, 1914-1918: how Britain survived great war Kew: National Archives, 2006. SML. DA577 B43 2006.
  • Timothy C. Dowling (ed.) Personal perspectives. World War I (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, c2006) SML. D521 .P426X 2006.
  • Margaret H. Darrow, French women and the First World War: war stories of the home front (Oxford; New York : Berg, 2000). SML. D639 W7 D377 2000.
  • Donald-Smith, Helen, War distress and war help: short catalogue of the leading war help societies, showing their scope and objects and the addresses of their officers (London: J. Murray, 1915) iv, 5-34 p. 14 cm. LSF. Bi66 860ah.

WWI British Ration Book

Great Britain. Ministry of Food. Ration book for William Pearson, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, 1919. Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Angus Trumble.


  • World War, 1914-1918—Civilian relief
  • World War, 1914-1918—Conscientious objectors
  • World War, 1914-1918—Hospitals
  • World War, 1914-1918—Mass media and the war
  • World War, 1914-1918—Hospitals, charities, etc.
  • World War, 1914-1918—Economic aspects