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In the early years of the 20th century, a war between the nations of Europe seemed inevitable. When it eventually came in 1914, it was greeted with considerable enthusiasm. Military and political leaders thought that a short, sharp war would bring stability to world affairs. But the Great War of 1914–1918 lasted four long years and its outcome was in doubt even to the very end.

Nine out of ten soldiers survived, but for many, the physical and mental scars would never heal. This ‘Lost Generation’ had been forced to grow up quickly and confront ever more ingenious killing methods. After the war, many felt that ‘the flower of youth’ and ‘the best of the nation’ had been destroyed. For those that did survive, the world had changed forever.

THE LOST GENERATION is the story of the First World War, from its origins in a far-flung corner of Europe to its bloody and bitter conclusion, and written especially for today’s generation of young people.


Softback | 62 pages | 280mm x 210mm

The Lost Generation

SKU: 9780956342959
  • “This book is a valuable guide for a youth audience, or anyone approaching this subject for the first time. It is richly illustrated, covers a significant amount of detail, and avoids those well trodden myths of the First World War to provide a concise history on the topic.”
    First World War expert Dr Will Butler, University of Kent.


    “Martyn presents a brutally honest account of the First World War, and has pitched it perfectly for a teenage audience. He has managed to achieve this without dumbing down the material in any way, so I’m sure adults will enjoy reading it too.”
    Hugo Fenwick, High Sheriff of Kent 2014


    50p from every copy sold is donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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