World War One English Literature

There is a short background to World War One. Then short paragraphs about the writers of the time including: Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Vera Brittain and Rupert Brooke.

It is brief on the writers so it is really only good for an introduction i.e. you will need to read more about them and their writing to get a good overview, unless you are already familiar with these writers.

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World War One

There were several underlying causes of the First World War apart from the spark that set the war off and
brought in so many different European powers.
The Alliances
At the start of the war most major powers in Europe were divided into two opposing alliances...…

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and by mere coincidence the assassin Gavrilo Princip saw the Archduke passing in his car afterwards and
shot him and his wife Sophia.

Austria blamed Serbia for the assassination of the Archduke and his wife though there was no evidence
that Princip was acting under the orders of the government.…

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hailed as cowards. They sometimes took up war work which did not include fighting like driving
ambulances. [Conscripted soldiers being taken to war by buses ]

Battle of the Somme 1916
The Battle of the Somme was planned by General Douglas Haig to take
pressure off the French at Verdun.…

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Rations were brought in due to the unrestricted submarine warfare preventing supplies reaching Britain
and the fact that there were less farm workers as many men had gone to fight in the war. The rations
came in under the Defence Of the Realm Act in 1917. Overall, rationing was widely…

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Vera Brittain
29th December 1893 to 29th March 1970
Brittain was an English writer, pacifist and a feminist. She studied English Literature at
Oxford before dropping out to become a V.A.D. nurse. She lost two close friends,
her brother and her fiancé during the war. Vera's political views became more…


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