Bridging the Gap between 'War' and 'Peace': The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britain

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620569
Title:
Bridging the Gap between 'War' and 'Peace': The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britain
Authors:
Ewence, Hannah
Abstract:
Britain’s ‘hospitality’ towards 250,000 Belgian refugees now warrants a mention in most histories of the First World War. Yet the refugees’ rapid repatriation by the British state continues to be treated as little more than a bookend to their story, whilst the trauma of return and the challenges of reintegration for those who fled has been all but ignored. This chapter seeks to correct these oversights by exposing the contradictions of a state-sponsored repatriation scheme; presented as the final act of a ‘generous’ and ‘liberal’ nation but, in reality, one which served the British government’s own interests. Such a mercenary approach to repatriation curtailed state concern for the conditions facing returning Belgians as their nation emerged from four years of war into a fragile ‘peace’.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Ewence, H. (2017). Bridging the Gap between 'War' and 'Peace': The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britain. In H. Ewence & T. Grady (Eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date:
17-Jun-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620569
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9781137539748
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorEwence, Hannahen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-20T13:28:49Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-20T13:28:49Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-17-
dc.identifier.citationEwence, H. (2017). Bridging the Gap between 'War' and 'Peace': The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britain. In H. Ewence & T. Grady (Eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781137539748-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620569-
dc.description.abstractBritain’s ‘hospitality’ towards 250,000 Belgian refugees now warrants a mention in most histories of the First World War. Yet the refugees’ rapid repatriation by the British state continues to be treated as little more than a bookend to their story, whilst the trauma of return and the challenges of reintegration for those who fled has been all but ignored. This chapter seeks to correct these oversights by exposing the contradictions of a state-sponsored repatriation scheme; presented as the final act of a ‘generous’ and ‘liberal’ nation but, in reality, one which served the British government’s own interests. Such a mercenary approach to repatriation curtailed state concern for the conditions facing returning Belgians as their nation emerged from four years of war into a fragile ‘peace’.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen
dc.subjectFirst World Waren
dc.subjectBelgian refugeesen
dc.subjectRepatriationen
dc.titleBridging the Gap between 'War' and 'Peace': The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britainen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.date.accepted2017-05-09-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Chesteren
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUniversity of Chester (Faculty research grant, Ewence, 2015/16en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2217-06-17-
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