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A huge crowd gathered outside the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England in London after the announcement of the Armistice, which heralded the end of the First World War. Courtesy of PA Images

Conrad’s Anxious Armistice

Andrew Glazzard
RUSI Journal, 6 December 2018
Armed Forces, The Great War
Joseph Conrad’s reaction to the Armistice in 1918 was tinged with anxiety about the future.

Many writers fought and several died in the British armed forces in the First World War. But those writers who were too old to enlist were also affected, especially those with children of fighting age. The novelist Joseph Conrad, born in Russian-occupied Poland in 1857 but a naturalised British citizen from 1886, spent three anxious years while his son Borys fought on the Western Front in the Army Service Corps. But Borys was not Conrad’s only source of anxiety when the war ended in 1918.

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