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At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz

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At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz

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Although the Blitz has come to symbolize the experience of civilians under attack, Germany first launched air raids on Britain at the end of 1914 and continued them during the First World War. With the advent of air warfare, civilians far removed from traditional battle zones became a direct target of war rather than a group shielded from its impact. This is a study of how British civilians experienced and came to terms with aerial warfare during the First and Second World Wars. Memories of the World War I bombings shaped British responses to the various real and imagined war threats of the 1920s and 1930s, including the bombing of civilians during the Spanish Civil War and, ultimately, the Blitz itself. The processes by which different constituent bodies of the British nation responded to the arrival of air power reveal the particular role that gender played in defining civilian participation in modern war.

ISBN

9780521874946

Publication Date

2012

Relational Format

book

Department

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Disciplines

European History

At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz

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