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The People's War: Britain, 1939-45

by Angus Calder

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October 2010 Guest Editor Juliet Gardiner on The People's War...

Although Angus Calder’s The People’s War was published in 1969, it remains a magisterial work, an eminently readable and moving account of Britain’s Home Front that advances the view that the post war welfare state was the just entitlement for those who had ‘taken it’ during the Second World War.


The People's War: Britain, 1939-45 Synopsis

The 1939-45 conflict was, for Britain, a total war ; no section of society remained untouched by military conscription, air raids, the shipping crisis and the war economy. This book not only states the great events and the leading figures, but also the oddities and the banalities of daily life, and in particular the parts played by ordinary people: air raid wardens and Home Guards, factory workers and farmers, housewives and pacifists. Above all, the book reveals how, in those six years, the British people came closer to discarding their social conventions than at any time since Cromwell's republic.

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The People's War: Britain, 1939-45 Press Reviews

'Startlingly original when it first came out in 1969, this book has now become a classic. It gives a detailed, lively, humorous account of the British Home Front in the world war against Nazi Germany. Historians have accepted its conclusions; it is simple, clear and complete, the best sort of social history.' (Kirkus UK)

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ISBN: 9780712652841
Publication date: 11/06/1992
Publisher: Pimlico an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780712652841
Publication date: 11th June 1992
Author: Angus Calder
Publisher: Pimlico an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 672 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: Social & cultural history, Second World War,

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