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Battle of London 1939-45

Author: Jerry White  

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The definitive, meticulously researched social history of London in the Second World War, which transformed the capital, and life within it, beyond recognition.

The definitive, meticulously researched social history of London in the Second World War, which transformed the capital, and life within it, beyond recognition. Britain and Germany were at war for almost six long years.
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The definitive, meticulously researched social history of London in the Second World War, which transformed the capital, and life within it, beyond recognition.

The definitive, meticulously researched social history of London in the Second World War, which transformed the capital, and life within it, beyond recognition. Britain and Germany were at war for almost six long years.

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The definitive social history of London in the Blitz, which transformed life in the capital beyond recognition. For Londoners the six long years of the Second World War were a time of almost constant anxiety, disruption, deprivation and sacrifice. The Blitz began in earnest in September 1940 and from then on, for prolonged periods, London was under sustained aerial bombardment by night and by day. Throughout the war, the capital was the nation's front line; by its end, 30,000 Londoners had lost their lives. Yet if the bombing defined the era for those who lived through it, the months of terror were outnumbered by those spent knitting together the fabric of daily life at work, in the home, on the allotment, in the cinema or theatre and, not least, standing in those interminable queues for daily necessities that were such a feature of London's war. Much has been written about 'the Myth of the Blitz' but in this riveting social history, Jerry White has unearthed what actually happened during those tempestuous years, getting close up to the daily lives of ordinary people, telling the story through their own voices. At the end of it all, the Battle of London was won not on the playing fields of Eton but in the playgrounds of a thousand council elementary schools across the capital.

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“The Battle of London 1939-45 ... benefits hugely from a vast and well-chosen range of quotes and anecdotes, conjuring the atmosphere of a city under siege with vivid force. What's most striking in this raw and comprehensive portrait of a city on fire is just how enchanting and appealing it is: you actually start wishing you had been alive to witness it”

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About the Author

Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of an acclaimed trilogy of London from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. His more recent books include Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison and Zeppelin Nights , a social history of London during the First World War. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | The Bodley Head Ltd
Published
4th November 2021
Pages
448
ISBN
9781847923011
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