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Author Smith, Malcolm, 1947-

Title Britain and 1940 : history, myth, and popular memory / Malcolm Smith.

Published New York : Routledge, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  941.084 SMIT    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 178 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 2 Projection of war, 1918 to 1939 10 -- 3 To Dunkirk 29 -- 4 Invasion and the Battle of Britain 52 -- 5 Blitz 70 -- 6 Wartime politics and popular culture 91 -- 7 Refighting the war: Attlee to Blair 111 -- 8 America, Europe and the world 130.
Summary 1940 was the most significant year in European history this century. For Britain it was 'the finest hour', the beginning of the People's War. Britain and 1940, explores what the year meant for the people of Britain then and now. Malcolm Smith explores the great fear that a second world war would perhaps mean the end of British civilization and charts the development of the myths of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, and the great influence they have had on our national consciousness and on attitudes to the outside world.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952.
ISBN 0415010500 (hard cover)
041524076X (paperback)