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    DescriptionSnapshots of gaiety and celebration - the street parties, the victory speeches - are how some people today think of Britain in 1945. But the years following the end of World War II were far from a 'golden age' of pride and self-confidence. The country was troubled though triumphant, subject to continued rationing and political change. Wracked by social disorder, austerity and disillusion, Britain was exhausted - and it was the return of those men who had fought for their country who seemed to be a root cause of the trouble. "Demobbed" is the real story of what happened when millions of ex-servicemen returned home. Most had been absent for years, and the joy of arrival was often clouded with ambivalence, regrets and fears. Returning soldiers faced both practical and psychological problems, from reasserting their place in the family home to rejoining a much-altered labour force. Civilians worried that their homecoming heroes had been barbarized by their experiences and would bring crime and violence back from the battlefield. 'Problem veterans' preoccupied the entire country. Alan Allport draws on their personal letters and diaries, on newspapers, reports, novels and films to illuminate the darker side of the homecoming experience for ex-servicemen, their families and society at large - a gripping story that's in danger of being lost to national memory.


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    Title
    Demobbed
    Subtitle
    Coming Home After the Second World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Allport
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 689 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300140439
    ISBN 10: 0300140436
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3, HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPG
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 941.0854
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JJPG
    DC22: 305.90697094
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 305.9/0697094109044
    LC classification: DA588 .A563 2009
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    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD
    Illustrations note
    16 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    16 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Alan Allport was born in Whiston, England, and grew up in East Yorkshire. An expert on the Second World War, he is currently a postdoctoral lecturer at Princeton.
    Review quote
    "'Wonderfully researched, sensitively written and often very moving, Demobbed tells an important, underappreciated story that still resonates today.' David Kynaston"