Which Peoples War?: National Identity and Citizenship in Wartime Britain 1939-1945

Paperback | October 21, 2004

bySonya O. Rose

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Which People's War? examines how national belonging, or British national identity, was envisaged in the public culture of the World War II home front. Using materials from newspapers, magazines, films, novels, diaries, letters, and all sorts of public documents, it explores such questions as:who was included as 'British' and what did it mean to be British? How did the British describe themselves as a singular people, and what were the consequences of those depictions? It also examines the several meanings of citizenship elaborated in various discussions concerning the British nation atwar. This investigation of the powerful constructions of national identity and understandings of citizenship circulating in Britain during the Second World War exposes their multiple and contradictory consequences at the time. It reveals the fragility of any singular conception of 'Britishness' evenduring a war that involved the total mobilization of the country's citizenry and cost 400,000 British civilian lives.

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Which People's War? examines how national belonging, or British national identity, was envisaged in the public culture of the World War II home front. Using materials from newspapers, magazines, films, novels, diaries, letters, and all sorts of public documents, it explores such questions as:who was included as 'British' and what did i...

Sonya O. Rose is a Professor of History, Sociology, and Women's Studies, University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:October 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273170

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction: National Identity and Citizenship2. 'Who Killed Cock Robin?': The Wartime Nation and Class3. 'Good-time' Girls and Quintessential Aliens4. 'Be Truly Feminine': Contradictory Obligations and Ambivalent Representations5. Temperate Heroes: Masculinity on the Home Front6. Geographies of the Nation7. 'The End is Bound to Come': Race, Empire, and Nation8. Conclusions and Afterthoughts

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"Sonya Rose has approached the national mythology of the Second World War in Britain in a unique and innovative manner. Rose [] makes a valuable contribution...excellent arguments...an important book. It is an accomplished work of cultural and social history that also analyzes political culture." --Canadian Journal of History