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Half the battle : civilian morale in Britain during the Second World War

Author: Robert Mackay
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed in the U.S.A. by Palgrave, 2002.
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"How well did civilian morale stand up to the pressures of total war and what factors were important to it? In this important work, Robert Mackay offers a robust rejection of recent contentions that civilian morale fell a long way short of the favourable picture presented at the time and in hundreds of books and films ever since. Whilst acknowledging that some negative attitudes and behaviours existed - panic and  Read more...
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Mackay, Robert, 1940-
Half the battle.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed in the U.S.A. by Palgrave, 2002
(DLC) 2002033374
(OCoLC)50695380
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Mackay
ISBN: 1417574763 9781417574766 9781847790200 1847790208 9781781700143 1781700141
OCLC Number: 57555449
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 282 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; 1 War imagined; 2 War experienced: September 1939-May 1941; 3 War experienced: 1941-45; 4 Persuading the people; 5 Easing the strain; 6 Beveridge and all that; CONCLUSION The invisible chain; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX. INTRODUCTION --
Part I. PROSPECT AND REALITY --
1. War imagined --
The prospect of total war --
again --
A united nation? --
Preparing for the storm --
The view from below --
2. War experienced: September 1939-May 1941 --
The Phoney War --
The Emergency --
May-September 1940 --
The Big Blitz --
3. War experienced: 1941-45 --
A different sort of war --
Separations --
Restrictions, restrictions --
Working and not working --
Part II. EXPLANATIONS --
4. Persuading the people --
Controlling the news --
The propaganda of reassurance --
Stimulating patriotism --
5. Easing the strain --
Protection --
Food --
The cost of living --
Working conditions --
Health --
Recreation and leisure --
Some essential inessentials --
6. Beveridge and all that --
Thinking about the future --
The impact of Beveridge --
Another sign of things to come? --
CONCLUSION --
The invisible chain.
Responsibility: Robert Mackay.

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