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How Britain really coped with the war

A monumental new history is full of telling details

By Piers Brendon   May 2020
London during the Blitz Credit: Wikimedia Commons

London during the Blitz Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The second volume of Daniel Todman’s monumental history of Britain during the Second World War takes the story from the fall of Singapore to the rise of the welfare state. Like its predecessor, this study provides a clear narrative inside a scholarly interpretative framework. It ranges across all aspects of the UK’s wartime experience, often drawing on the insights of Mass Observation. And it is filled with telling details: the BBC was so keen to replace…

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