Middle class fathers, sons and military service in England, 1914-1918
AbstractThe figure of the hyper-patriotic middle-class father, happy to sacrifice his sons to the war, while remaining snug at home, was a recurrent feature of post-First World War literature. This article places this view of wartime fatherhood under scrutiny, suggesting that middle-class fathers with sons of military age rarely behaved as straightforward enforcers of the state’s call to arms. Alongside expressions of vocal pride in sons who conformed to the manly ideal by volunteering, there were resistance, silence and fear, while support for sons who sought to avoid enlistment was a good deal more evident than any determination that their sons should do their ‘bit’ at all costs.
CitationUgolini, L. (2016) 'Middle class fathers, sons and military service in England, 1914-1918' Cultural and Social History, 13 (3), pp. 357-375. doi: 10.1080/14780038.2016.1202012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalCultural and Social History