• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
Whistling in the Dark: Memory and Culture in Wartime London (Hardback)
  • Whistling in the Dark: Memory and Culture in Wartime London (Hardback)
zoom

Whistling in the Dark: Memory and Culture in Wartime London (Hardback)

(author)
£38.50
Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 19/11/1998
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

Few historical images are more powerful than those of wartime London. Having survived a constant barrage of German bombs, the city is remembered as an island of courage and defiance. These wartime images are still in use today to support a wide variety of political viewpoints. But how well do such descriptions match the memories of those who survived the blitz? Jean Freedman interviewed more than fifty people who remember London during the war, focusing on under-represented groups, including women, Jews, and working-class citizens. In addition she examined original propaganda, secret government documents, wartime diaries, and postwar memoirs. By exploring the differences between wartime documentation and postwar memory, oral and written artifacts, and the voices of the powerful and the obscure, Freedman illuminates the complex interactions between myth and history. She concludes that there are as many interpretations of what really happened during Britain's "finest hour" as there are people who remember it.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813120768
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 230 x 157 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Written with zest and commitment and will stimulate discussion." -- "Albion"


"A finely balanced narrative that broadens and complicates but does not essentially change the long-time view that people, on the whole, behaved well during that testing time." -- "Canadian Literature"


"Freedman compares postwar memory with a variety of wartime documents (e.g., BBC broadcasts; Ministry of Information memoranda; and film, diaries, and music) to analyze the relationship between myth and history in regard to London during WW II." -- "Choice"


"An excellent book.... Shows that history and memory are essential if we are to let those whispers be heard." -- "Journal of Indian Folkloristics"


"Adopts a fresh approach to one of the central myths of twentieth-century British history." -- "Keith Robbins"


"Freedman successfully abandons the view of a united and heroic wartime London without creating an opposing viewpoint that would be equally flawed." -- "Library Journal"


"A valuable addition to our understanding of wartime Britain.... Freedman brings to life the experiences of frequently ignored groups." -- "Southern Historian"


"Builds up a colourful and eclectic picture of wartime life." -- "Twentieth-Century British History"


"Written with zest and commitment and will stimulate discussion." -- Albion


"A finely balanced narrative that broadens and complicates but does not essentially change the long-time view that people, on the whole, behaved well during that testing time." -- Canadian Literature


"Freedman compares postwar memory with a variety of wartime documents (e.g., BBC broadcasts; Ministry of Information memoranda; and film, diaries, and music) to analyze the relationship between myth and history in regard to London during WW II." -- Choice


"An excellent book.... Shows that history and memory are essential if we are to let those whispers be heard." -- Journal of Indian Folkloristics


"Adopts a fresh approach to one of the central myths of twentieth-century British history." -- Keith Robbins


"Freedman successfully abandons the view of a united and heroic wartime London without creating an opposing viewpoint that would be equally flawed." -- Library Journal


"A valuable addition to our understanding of wartime Britain.... Freedman brings to life the experiences of frequently ignored groups." -- Southern Historian


"Builds up a colourful and eclectic picture of wartime life." -- Twentieth-Century British History


-Written with zest and commitment and will stimulate discussion.- -- Albion


-A finely balanced narrative that broadens and complicates but does not essentially change the long-time view that people, on the whole, behaved well during that testing time.- -- Canadian Literature


-Freedman compares postwar memory with a variety of wartime documents (e.g., BBC broadcasts; Ministry of Information memoranda; and film, diaries, and music) to analyze the relationship between myth and history in regard to London during WW II.- -- Choice


-An excellent book.... Shows that history and memory are essential if we are to let those whispers be heard.- -- Journal of Indian Folkloristics


-Adopts a fresh approach to one of the central myths of twentieth-century British history.- -- Keith Robbins


-Freedman successfully abandons the view of a united and heroic wartime London without creating an opposing viewpoint that would be equally flawed.- -- Library Journal


-A valuable addition to our understanding of wartime Britain.... Freedman brings to life the experiences of frequently ignored groups.- -- Southern Historian


-Builds up a colourful and eclectic picture of wartime life.- -- Twentieth-Century British History

You may also be interested in...

Blitzed
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Added to basket
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
The Pigeon Tunnel
Added to basket
Deeds Not Words
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
St Petersburg
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Jane Austen at Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Added to basket
Women & Power
Added to basket
£7.99
Hardback
McMafia
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
The Making Of The British Landscape
Added to basket
The Earth is Weeping
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Islamic Enlightenment
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.