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Title: A social history of the British Army, 1939-45
Author: Crang, Jeremy Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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During the course of the Second World War the small, traditionally conservative pre-war Regular Army absorbed some three million new recruits, the vast majority of them conscripts. The objective of the thesis is to assess the impact of this process on the Army as a social institution. In order to achieve this, six areas of the Army's social organization have been examined; other rank selection, officer selection, promotion, officer-man relations, welfare and education. The results of research show that the Army did change in relation to its new intake. It became an institution seemingly more careful of human values, more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the ordinary soldier, and more democratic in spirit. Yet traditionalist elements in the Army remained unconvinced of the new methods and techniques, and tempered their application in a number of the areas investigated. Change there was, but not perhaps as deep-seated as some might have hoped.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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