WarTalk: Foreign Languages and the British War Effort in Europe, 1940-47 by Hilary FootittWarTalk: Foreign Languages and the British War Effort in Europe, 1940-47 by Hilary Footitt

WarTalk: Foreign Languages and the British War Effort in Europe, 1940-47

byHilary Footitt, Simona Tobia

Hardcover | January 29, 2013

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This book offers a new perspective on the British experience of the Second World War in Europe, one in which foreignness and foreign languages are central to the dynamics of war-making. It offers a series of snapshots of the role which foreign languages played in Britain's war – in intelligence gathering (both signals and human intelligence), in psychological warfare, in preparations for liberating and occupying the continent, in denazification, in providing relief for refugees and displaced persons, and in postwar relationships with the USSR. By mapping the linguistic landscape of Britain's war in Europe, key aspects of international communication – translation, language performance, authenticity, language policies – are seen to be vital to military preparations and operations.

HILARY FOOTITT is a professor and senior research fellow in the School of Languages and European Studies, University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include women in politics, war and liberation in France and the development of language policy. Previous publications include War and Liberation in France (Palgrave 2004) and Women...
Title:WarTalk: Foreign Languages and the British War Effort in Europe, 1940-47Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230362885

ISBN - 13:9780230362888

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Acronyms
Notes on the Contributors
Preparing for War: the British and Foreign Languages
Intelligence in Translation: Finding Out About the Enemy
Role-Playing for War: the Human in Human Intelligence
The War of Words: Psychological Warfare in a Foreign Language
Continental Invasion: Liberation and Occupation
Pursuing War Criminals: Military Interpreters in War Tribunals
The British and the War Victims: Bringing Relief to Refugees and Displaced Persons Overseas
The Russian Ally: Moving to Cold War

Editorial Reviews

'[WarTalk is an] unprecedented and painstaking elucidation specifically of the British war effort from a linguistic perspective. Hilary Footitt and Simona Tobia have made an x-ray study of the subtle, sometimes insidious, articulations and workings of language(s) that underlie more traditional war narratives.' - Michigan War Studies Review