Exiting War: The British Empire and the 1918-20 Moment

Romain Fathi, Margaret Hutchison, Andrekos Varnava, Michael K Walsh

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Exiting war explores a particular 1918-20 'moment' in the British Empire's history, between the First World War's armistices of 1918, and the peace treaties of 1919 and 1920. That moment, we argue, was a challenging and transformative time for the Empire. While British authorities successfully answered some of the post-war tests they faced, such as demobilisation, repatriation, and fighting the widespread effects of the Spanish flu, the racial, social, political and economic hallmarks of their imperialism set the scene for a wide range of expressions of loyalties and disloyalties, and anticolonial movements. The book documents and conceptualises this 1918-20 'moment' and its characteristics as a crucial three-year period of transformation for and within the Empire, examining these years for the significant shifts in the imperial relationship that occurred and as laying the foundation for later change in the imperial system.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages232
ISBN (Print)9781526155849
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2022


  • British Empire
  • First World War
  • Sortie de guerre


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