Americans in Occupied Belgium, 1914-1918: Accounts of the War from Journalists, Tourists, Troops and (BOK)

Ed Klekowski, Libby Klekowski

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Belgium in the First World War: the first country invaded, the longest occupied, and the last liberated. In 1914, Belgium was home to a large American colony: people working for U.S. corporations, diplomats with the American Legation and Americans in the arts - Brussels was cheaper than Paris. After the invasion, American journalists, writers and adventurers flocked to the invaded country to follow the action; in Belgium, military restrictions on travel were less stringent than in England or France.

As the most industrialised country in Europe, Belgium depended upon trade and food imports to sustain its economy. The war isolated Belgium and wholesale starvation was imminent by the fall of 1914. Herbert Hoover and his Commission for Relief in Belgium raised funds to purchase and import foods to sustain Belgium and, eventually, Occupied France as well. Idealistic American volunteers (including some Rhodes scholars) supervised food distribution in the occupation zone. Along the Western Front in Belgium, hundreds of Americans served (illegally) in the British and Canadian armies. This book tells the story of the German invasion, occupation and retreat from the perspective of Americans who were there.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Ed Klekowski, Libby Klekowski
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780786472550
Antall sider 277 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 399 gram Emner og form European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, First World War