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Foredoomed to failure': The resettlement of British ex-servicemen in the Dominions, 1914-1930.

Fedorowich, E. K (1991) Foredoomed to failure': The resettlement of British ex-servicemen in the Dominions, 1914-1930. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Over five million service personnel were demobilised by Great Britain and her four self-governing Dominions after World War I. For some their reintroduction to civilian life was straightforward and uneventful. Many simply returned to the jobs they had previously occupied before the war. For others their readjustment to civilian life was difficult, full of despair and bitter disappointment. Similarly, the repatriation, resettlement and rehabilitation of the empire's soldiers and sailors presented post-war administrations with a host of social, political and economic problems. So far as they were concerned reconstruction was a daunting challenge which had to be met with the greatest possible energy, efficiency and decisiveness. Moreover, solutions developed by the Imperial and Dominion authorities were seen as the cornerstone of a new and dynamic post-war society and empire. Soldier settlement was one of these solutions. This period in imperial history provides a detailed study of the political manoeuvres and economic initiatives which formed the basis of a new period in Commonwealth relations. Primarily a study of social and economic policy, it draws together previously untapped primary sources and explores several important aspects of the transition of Anglo-Dominion relations between the onset of World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: History, European, History, Military
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses

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