British Civilians in the Front Line: Air Raids, Productivity and Wartime Culture, 1939-45

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Manchester University Press, Apr 30, 2006 - History - 217 pages
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This is the first full-length study of the behavior of British civilians and their reactions to air raids during the Second World War. It unravels the day-to-day influence on people at these times of great danger, risk and uncertainty, and challenges the traditional image of civilians as passive shelterers under attack. It uncovers Churchill and his government's desperate attempts to persuade key workers to continue with their work once the air raid siren had sounded, and reveals the complex reasons why so many workers were willing to run such risks.
  

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Contents

policy and persuasion
27
Restraints on working after the siren
56
Activities after the siren
76
Roof spotters
99
Reasons
144
Fallout and conclusions
193
Bibliography
205
Index
215
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Helen Jones is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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