Having a Go at the Kaiser

A Welsh Family at War

Gethin Matthews

Having a Go at the Kaiser

Gethin Matthews

Distributed for University of Wales Press

336 pages | 19 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9781786833471 Published February 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Based on more than a hundred letters sent home by three Swansea brothers during the First World War, Having a Go at the Kaiser helps us to comprehend how drafted soldiers understood their role, their position, and their choices. Gethin Matthews provides a picture of what the brothers thought and how their ideas evolved on a range of issues as the war was being waged. A detailed family conversation from 1916-18, these letters reveal some of the contemporary norms of Welsh society and dealing with such issues as identity, masculinity, and duty.

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