Don't You Know There's a War On? : The People's Voice 1939-45 book cover
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Don't You Know There's a War On?
The People's Voice 1939-45

ISBN 9781138124356
Published July 31, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Was the country really united in the face of the common enemy? Did people actually put the community’s needs before their own? Or were such ideas simply a series of myths created at the time and nurtured ever since. The recollections of this book, first published in 1989, attempt to answer such questions by evoking the reality of life on the home front during the war years. Here is a uniquely personal portrait of a nation at war, extensively illustrated with photographs, diaries, letters, poems, and other memorabilia belonging to the men and women whose wartime lives fill this absorbing book. This title will be of interest to students of history.

Table of Contents

List of Documents;  Acknowledgements;  Introduction;  Part 1: Home Front;  1. The City Mother  2. The Soldier’s Daughter  3. The Country Mother  4. The Shopkeeper’s Son;  Part 2: Two Nations;  5. The Scholarship Girl  6. The Town Kid  7. The Airman’s Daughter  8.The Scholarship Boy;  Part 3: Women’s Work;  9. The Railway Inspector  10. The Pilot  11. The Civil Servant  12. The Shop Steward  13. The Student Volunteer  14. The Timber Yard Worker;  Part 4: A Kind of Schooling;  15. The State School Day  16. The Country Teacher  17. The Public School Boy  18. The City Teacher;  Part 5: Taking It;  19. The Magazine Editor  20. The Stockbroker’s Daughter  21. The Enemy Alien  22. The Barrister’s Daughter;  Part 6: A Matter of Conscience;  23. The Pacifist Prisoner  24. The Actor’s Wife  25. The Jehovah’s Witness  26. The Shelter Warden  27. The Dissident Student;  Part 7: Community Spirit;  28. The Doctor’s Wife  29. The Mill Girl  30. The Small-Town Boy  31. The Miner’s Daughter;  Part 8: Out of Step;  32. The High School Teacher  33. The Party Member  34. The Organizing Secretary  35. The Office Girl;  Postscript: A Brave New World?;  Further Reading;  Appendices

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