Which People's War?: National Identity and Citizenship in Wartime Britain 1939-1945 / Edition 1

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Overview

What did it mean to be British during the 'People's War'? Professor Rose uses material from newspapers, diaries, novels and letters to examine popular notions of citizenship on the home front. She shows that what we now mean by 'identity politics' was alive and well in the 1940s and that any singular conception of 'Britishness' was extremely fragile.

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"Sonya Rose has approached the national mythology of the Second World War in Britain in a unique and innovative manner. Rose [] makes a valuable contribution...excellent arguments...an important book. It is an accomplished work of cultural and social history that also analyzes political culture." —Canadian Journal of History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199273171
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Michigan
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: National Identity and Citizenship
2. 'Who Killed Cock Robin?': The Wartime Nation and Class
3. 'Good-time' Girls and Quintessential Aliens
4. 'Be Truly Feminine': Contradictory Obligations and Ambivalent Representations
5. Temperate Heroes: Masculinity on the Home Front
6. Geographies of the Nation
7. 'The End is Bound to Come': Race, Empire, and Nation
8. Conclusions and Afterthoughts

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