The People's War

The People's War Britain 1939-1945

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Synopsis

The Second World War was, for Britain, a 'total war'; no section of society remained untouched by military conscription, air raids, the shipping crisis and the war economy.

In this comprehensive and engrossing narrative Angus Calder presents not only the great events and leading figures but also the oddities and banalities of daily life on the Home Front, and in particular the parts played by ordinary people: air raid wardens and Home Guards, factory workers and farmers, housewives and pacifists. Above all this revisionist and important work reveals how, in those six years, the British people came closer to discarding their social conventions than at any time since Cromwell's republic.

Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1970, The People's War draws on oral testimony and a mass of neglected social documentation to question the popularised image of national unity in the fight for victory.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780712652841
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Pimlico
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.084
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 812g
Height: 234mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 48mm