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Almost continuously in print for 40 years, The Deluge is widely recognised as one of the classics of post-1960 British historical writing, and as the book which initiated the systematic study of the social consequences of modern war. Arthur Marwick describes life on the home front during the first total war in history, analysing the social changes that made Britain of the 1920s a vastly different place from the Britain that went to war in 1914. Comprehensive, precisely documented, full of colourful detail and apt quotations, The Deluge portrays a society in transition at every level. This reissued second edition features a new contextualising Preface by leading historian Joanna Bourke. Bourke considers how Marwick's work engaged with contemporary debates and examines why it was so significant - and even controversial - when it was first published. Authoritative and insightful, the Preface helps to reinforce and explain the continued importance of Marwick's work and its relevance to students of History today.