Disgruntled Soldiers and Civilians
In the course of the year 1916 it becomes increasingly evident that soldiers as
well as civilians are disgruntled and restless. The workers and other plebeians
are experiencing great difficulties on account of low wages and high prices. Their
fate contrasts dramatically — and provocatively — with the good life of the war
profiteers and the embusqués, that is, all those who manage to avoid serving at the
front. Not only the proletarians, but also the ethnic minorities have had enough,
as is demonstrated spectacularly by the Easter Rising in Dublin . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.