The People's War: Britain 1939-1945

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Pimlico, 1992 - Great Britain - 656 pages
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The 1939-45 conflict was, for Britain, a total war; no section of society remained untouched by military conscription, air raids, the shipping crisis and the war economy. This book not only states the great events and the leading figures, but also the oddities and the banalities of daily life, and in particular the parts played by ordinary people: air raid wardens and Home Guards, factory workers and farmers, housewives and pacifists. Above all, the book reveals how, in those six years, the British people came closer to discarding their social conventions than at any time since Cromwell's republic.

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A beginning to the discussion of life on the home front. North Americans, like myself, can only approach the experience of steady air attack and the day to day grind of the rationing of practically ... Read full review

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An amazing compendium of facts and reports of England's struggle in World war II, organized mostly chronologically, subdivided in such a way that roots of difficulties and obstructions are visited to ... Read full review

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Angus Calder is Reader in Cultural Studies and Staff Tutor in Arts with the Open University in Scotland. He read English at Cambridge and received his D. Phil from the School of Social Studies at the University of Sussex. He was Convener of the Scottish Poetry Library when it was founded in 1984. His other books include Revolutionary Empire and The Myth of the Blitz. He has contributed to many Open University courses, notably on 'The Enlightenment', 'Popular Culture' and 'Literature and the Modern World'.

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