Radio London and Resistance in Occupied Europe: British Political Warfare 1939-1943 (Hardback)
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Radio London and Resistance in Occupied Europe: British Political Warfare 1939-1943 (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 19/10/2000
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This book examines British attempts to wage political warfare in the countries occupied by Germany in the Second World War. It describes the slow construction of political warfare machinery in London in terms of two twin difficulties: Whitehall politics and fundamental doubts about what a successful war should have as its purpose. It then examines how political warfare operated as a semi-detached adjunct of diplomacy, and how it engaged with the development of armed or "active" resistance in France, Denmark, Poland, and Yugoslavia. This is a study of British political imagination in a period when Britain still acted as a great power in control of her own decisions. The experience of near-defeat, however, left decision-makers with dilemmas about rhetoric and ideology as much as policy.Their refusal to resolve these dilemmas until pushed by events meant political warfare lacked the consistency and definition that might have given it greater force.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198208433
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 783 g
Dimensions: 240 x 165 x 28 mm


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This book is a work of great investigative skill and considerable nuance. It is without doubt a major contribution to the growing body of scholarly literature dealing with publicity and propaganda within the context of the British war effort in World War II. * The Historian *
Drawing on a vast array of archival material, especially government records, Michael Stenton provides the reader with an extraordinarily detailed account. * The Historian *
The book is meticulously well documented from recently declassified government documents and sources in a bewildering array of languages. There are few scholars who could duplicate this monograph. * Albion *
In a remarkable feat of research Michael Stenton has replaced the mythology with an authoritative and frequently uncomfortable history. * Albion *

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