Men at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939-1945

TitleMen at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRobb, Linsey
Number of Pages165
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK

A total war like the Second World War could not be won by soldiers, sailors and airmen alone. Men were required to till the fields, to manufacture munitions, to traverse the oceans with cargoes and to combat the ravages of the Luftwaffe's onslaught. As such, millions of British men of fighting age were not in uniform. These men were central to victory. However, in a culture in which almost exclusively lauded the armed forces hero how was the vital work of these men portrayed to the British populace? Through an analysis of commercial cinema, radio broadcasts, print media as well as overt state propaganda, in conjunction with extensive archival research, Men at Work explores this very question.

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