The People's War: Britain 1939-1945

The People's War: Britain 1939-1945

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By (author) Angus Calder

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  • Publisher: PIMLICO
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 50mm | 940g
  • Publication date: 27 September 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712652841
  • ISBN 13: 9780712652841
  • Illustrations note: 1
  • Sales rank: 302,494

Product description

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. 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, and in particular the parts played by ordinary people: air raid wardens and Home Guards, factory workers and farmers, housewives and pacifists. Above all, his 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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Author information

Angus Calder is Reader in Cultural Studies and Staff Tutor in Arts with the Open University in Scotland. He read English at Cambridge and received his D. Phil from the School of Social Studies at the University of Sussex. He was Convener of the Scottish Poetry Library when it was founded in 1984. His other books include Revolutionary Empire and The Myth of the Blitz. He has contributed to many Open University courses, notably on 'The Enlightenment', 'Popular Culture' and 'Literature and the Modern World'.

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"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 "The best social history of the second world war" -- John Vincent Sunday Telegraph

Editorial 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)