The Flowers of the Forest

Scotland and the First World War

By Trevor Royle

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Provides an account of how the war changed Scotland irrevocably by exploring a wide range of themes, including the response to the call for volunteers, the performance of Scottish military formations in 1915 and 1916, and the militarization of the Scottish homeland, and the resistance to war in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

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Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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On the brink of the First World War, Scotland was regarded throughout the British Isles as 'the workshop of the Empire'. Not only were Clyde-built ships known the world over, Scotland produced half of Britain's total production of railway equipment, and the cotton and jute industries flourished in Paisley and Dundee. In addition, Scots were a hugely important source of manpower for the colonies. Yet after the war, Scotland became an industrial and financial backwater. Emigration increased as morale slumped in the face of economic stagnation and decline. The country had paid a disproportionately high price in casualties, a result of huge numbers of volunteers and the use of Scottish battalions as shock troops in the fighting on the Western Front and Gallipoli - young men whom the novelist Ian Hay called 'the vanished generation'.In this book, Trevor Royle provides the first full account of how the war changed Scotland irrevocably by exploring a wide range of themes - the overwhelming response to the call for volunteers; the performance of Scottish military formations in 1915 and 1916; the militarization of the Scottish homeland; the resistance to war in Glasgow and the west of Scotland; and the boom in the heavy industries and the strengthening of women's role in society following on from wartime employment.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 2 Oct 2007
SKU 9781843410409-grouped
Number of Pages 400

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'Graphic, ably controlled...the power of imaginative storytelling is Royle's endeavour,' 

'His exceptional talents at narration produce a work that is both through-provoking and engaging. This is a vivid, solidly-written book, drawing upon the best in recent scholarship'

'Trevor Royle has done First World War History a great service'

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