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The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through.In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors;The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through.In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; a quarter of London's population fled to the country; Churchill and the royal family were booed while touring the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was not bombed into classless democracy.Angus Calder provides a compelling examination of the events of 1940 and 1941 - when Britain 'stood alone' against the Luftwaffe - and of the Myth which sustained her 'finest hour'....

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ISBN : 9780712698207
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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  • Hillingdon Libraries
    2018-08-04 15:41

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  • Martin Empson
    2018-08-06 13:32

    Fascinating book, but not as sharp a work of history as his People's War. My full review: http://resolutereader.blogspot.co.uk/...

  • Pieter
    2018-08-22 19:35

    The Escape from Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, all have been honoured and glorified in British history. The British Isles as last stronghold against the German steamroller. But the author highlights that many more Germans died from airstrikes than Londoners did. I was even surprised that more British aircrew died during the bombing of Germany than London civilians did due to the Blitz. Mr Calder elaborates on the peace movement during the thirties (communists, trade unions, Welsh, Scottish and both Tory and Labour politicians) and civilians being arrested during the beginning of the war as being considered as posing a risk to domestic security (Italians living in the UK). In post WW II Britain, former PM Tatcher used Churchillian speak to regain the Falklands. The myth lives on.