Lecture 15 - The Home Front

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: March 18, 2011,   recorded: October 2007,   views: 2161
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1917 is a critical moment in World War I, as the Bolsheviks seize power in Russia and Woodrow Wilson leads the U.S. into war on the side of the Allied powers. Although morale held steady on the home front in France, there were multiple mutinies and strikes as the war progressed. These mutinies were not in favor of German victory; rather, they were in protest of corruption at home, in the form of incompetence and profiteering. Literary and historical records of World War I bear witness to the difficulty faced by soldiers in reentering civilian life after returning home.

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Barbusse, Henri. Under Fire.

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