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November 1918 brought imperial Germany’s defeat, accelerated by uprisings, while Allied rulers, whose own empires grew larger with victory, were bent on revenge. But as the year began, discontent over food shortages and prices in Britain was magnified by calls for peace, stimulated by Russia’s socialist revolution, which the Lloyd George government was already seeking to reverse. With a close look at the Establishment, popular and anti-war press, John Ellison re-visits this year of change, in which war resisters and the rising socialist movement stood proud.