The Impact of Catastrophe: The people of Essex and the First World War (1914-1920)


A book that looks at how the great war impacted all aspects of life in the English county of Essex, mainly drawn from contemporary sources.

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The experiences of the people of Essex during the First World War and consequences of the devastation it caused are revealed within Paul Rusiecki’s Impact of Catastrophe.

The story starts with the opening of the Great War and offers Essex’s opinions on the war with Germany. Stories of volunteers, returning heroes, the struggle for food, women’s roles and the enemies within are all told from a local standpoint in great detail.

The book concludes with how the people of Essex survived and then had to continue on with their everyday lives in the aftermath of the war.

A must read for anyone looking to learn how Essex coped before, during and after the First World War.


Author: Paul Rusiecki


Format:  Paperback 464 pages

Published: Essex Record Office Publications (1 Nov. 2008)

Language: English


ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1898529280

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1898529286


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