Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs: College Life in Wartime, 1939-1942

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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Elizabeth Hillman enrolled at McGill University the week World War II began. As a freshman writing for the McGill Daily, she covered torchlight football parades and dances at the Ritz Carleton hotel while elsewhere the paper reported U-boats torpedoing convoys and war planes plummeting into the British channel. Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs draws on her journal entries, articles from the Daily, and headlines from the Montreal Gazette to paint a vivid picture of day-to-day life on campus, alongside the civilian wartime experience in Canada. Part memoir, part history, the book touches on important feminist issues of the day, provides historical detail on both McGill University and Canada's participation in World War II, and is punctuated with candid glimpses into both the social and intellectual aspects of university life during a three-year tenure at McGill. Charmingly written with subtle ironies, Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs includes photos collected from scrapbooks, albums, and the McGill archives to vividly highlight aspects of wartime life as experienced far from the battlefields.
 

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Contents

19401941
95
19411942
163
Epilogue
235
Notes
237
Acknowledgments
247
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Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, FR.SC, professor emeritus of English at the University of Guelph.

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