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The appeal to honour and the decision for war

Archer, Robin (2020) The appeal to honour and the decision for war. Journal of Historical Sociology, 33 (2). 248 - 262. ISSN 0952-1909

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Identification Number: 10.1111/johs.12274


The outbreak of the First World War is one of the great formative events of modern times. Yet during its centenary, there was surprisingly little attention to how uncertain entry into the war was in the English-speaking world or how finely balanced the forces for and against intervention were. This article examines the role of appeals to honour in the decision for war. It begins by exploring the role of these appeals in convincing radical liberals to accept British intervention – something they had been successfully blocking just days earlier – before examining parallel appeals in the United States and Australia. It then considers why the language of honour was effective, and whether it still plays a role a century later, before concluding with some possible centennial lessons.

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Additional Information: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2020 12:18
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 02:54

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