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The People's War: Britain 1939-1945 (Paperback)
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The People's War: Britain 1939-1945 (Paperback)

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Paperback 672 Pages / Published: 11/06/1992
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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780712652841
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 861 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 49 mm


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"Full of vivid anecdote ... and of epigrammatic flair ... it is a dense, detailed, moving chronicle." -- Richard Eyre * Independent on Sunday *
"A tour de force of historical reconstruction" * Sunday Times *
"The People's War is more than a salutary iconoclastic analysis of its period and more than an immensely fastidious social history. It is full of vivid anecdote...and of epigrammatic flair... I've read Angus Calder's book several times and passed it on to friends. I've commissioned and directed several plays and films which have been inspired by it. It is a dense, detailed, moving chronicle that I am still unable to read without feeling both nostalgia and pain for the unfulfilled promise of the world I was born into" -- Richard Eyre * Independent on Sunday *
"No verdict can I pronounce on The People's War other than, read it" -- Elizabeth Bowen * Spectator *
"He has provided an engrossing, beautifully organized book that could provide a valuable education for the post-war generation and a salutary re-education for his elders" -- Phillip French * Financial Times *

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