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Title:
God and the British soldier : religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars
Author:
Snape, M. F. (Michael Francis), 1968-
ISBN:
9780415334525

9780415196772
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Physical Description:
xv, 315 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
Christianity and society in the modern world
Series Title:
Christianity and society in the modern world
Contents:
Diffusive Christianity and the religion of the soldier -- God and the generals -- Command and the clergy -- The church in khaki -- Religion, morality, and war -- The army and religious philanthropy.
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Drawing on a wealth of new material from military, ecclesiastical and secular civilian archives, Michael Snape presents a study of the experience of the officers and men of Britain's vast citizen armies, and also of the numerous religious agencies which ministered to them.

Historians of the First and Second World Wars have consistently underestimated the importance of religion in Britain during the war years, but this book shows that religion had much greater currency and influence in twentieth-century British society than has previously been realised.

Snape argues that religion provided a key component of military morale and national identity in both the First and Second World Wars, and demonstrates that, contrary to accepted wisdom, Britain's popular religious culture emerged intact and even strengthened as a result of the army's experiences of war.

The book covers such a range of disciplines, that students and scholars of military history, British historynbsp;and Religion will all benefit from its purchase.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Copyright acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
1 'Diffusive Christianity' and the religion of the soldierp. 19
2 God and the generalsp. 59
3 Command and the clergy: generals, chaplains and moralep. 83
4 The church in khakip. 139
5 Religion, morality and warp. 187
6 The army and religious philanthropyp. 205
Conclusionp. 241
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 297