Re-evaluating the two years that followed the First World War
On November 11th 1918, the Armistice brought the First World War to an end. It was a time of great rejoicing, but also of numbness and dismay as the reality that loved ones were really not coming back began to sink in. In her new book "The Great Silence", the historian Juliet Nicolson contends that it took fully two years before the effects of the hostilities on the British public truly began to recede. This was when the funeral of the Unknown Soldier finally prompted a national outpouring of grief. She talks to Jenni about how the healing process gradually came about.
"The Great Silence: 1918-1920, Living in the Shadow of the Great War'" ISBN 978 - 0 - 7195 - 6256 - 3