Millions Like Us?: British Culture in the Second World War

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This collection of essays brings together the latest historical research on cultural production and reception during the Second World War. How this war was presented to, and understood by, contemporaries differentiated it from earlier conflicts, signified by 'the people' pulling together - through an inclusive Millions Like Us homogeneousness - to secure victory and a socially equitable peace. Whether or not the War did facilitate a rapprochement of cultural ideas and objectives...
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Overview

This collection of essays brings together the latest historical research on cultural production and reception during the Second World War. How this war was presented to, and understood by, contemporaries differentiated it from earlier conflicts, signified by 'the people' pulling together - through an inclusive Millions Like Us homogeneousness - to secure victory and a socially equitable peace. Whether or not the War did facilitate a rapprochement of cultural ideas and objectives is a recurring theme.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853237631
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
An 'English War', Wartime Culture and 'Millions Like Us' 1
British Cinema and 'The People's War' 33
The People's Radio: The BBC and its Audience, 1939-1945 62
Was it the Mirror Wot Won it? The Development of the Tabloid Press During the Second World War 93
A More Even Playing Field? Sport During and After the War 125
A Time for Hard Writers: The Impact of War on Women Writers 156
Safe and Sound: New Music in Wartime Britain 179
More Than 'Music-While-You-Eat'? Factory and Hostel Concerts, 'Good Culture' and the Workers 209
'When Work Is Over': Labour, Leisure and Culture in Wartime Britain 236
Not Just a Case of Baths, Canteens and Rehabilitation Centres: The Second World War and the Recreational Provision of the Miners' Welfare Commission in Coalmining Communities 261
'You and I - All of Us Ordinary People': Renegotiating 'Britishness' in Wartime 295
Postscript: A War Imagined 323
Index 337
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