'Daddy, what did you do in the great War?' Drawing upon fifty working-class autobiographies, Rebecca's talk examines the impact of the Great War on fifty English families with a particular focus on fathers. It explores too the childhood experiences of individuals whose father was absent on the Home Front and compares them with the experiences of those whose family remained together due to their father's exemption.
Speaker this month -----Dr Rebecca Ball --
Rebecca is an early career researcher, currently writing a book on the everyday lives of the English working class between 1900 and 1945. She completed her undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics in 2013 at the University of Manchester, after which she completed her MA in History in 2014. Clearly not put off by endless research, she decided to continue on and undertake her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton, which she completed in 2022. Her PhD was inspired by her MA research on childhood in Britain during the First World War and this research also inspired her talk …..