The Phoney War on the Home Front (Paperback)
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The Phoney War on the Home Front (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 19/04/2012
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One of the strangest periods in the social history of Britain was that of the Phoney War of 1939-40, when the nation did not know quite whether it was at war or peace. E.S. Turner's marvellous study, first published in 1961, offers a none-too-reverent account of how Britons tried to adjust themselves to the uncertainties of those days. What was a woman to do if the air-raid siren sounded while she was curling her hair? Were the police required to open fire through jewellers' windows at un-extinguished light bulbs? What was more patriotic - to buy War Bonds or to drink as much whisky as possible? Turner further explores the difficulties posed by blackouts to private detectives and prostitutes; the impact of the moment upon morals, and on fashions; and the bureaucracy's blundering seizure of the nation's spa hotels. The story is carried entertainingly all the way to the Blitz: the darkening moment at which Britain realized there was indeed 'a war on.'

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571294732
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 384 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 23 mm
Edition: Main

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