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Contesting Home Defense: Men, Women, and the Home Guard in the Second World War (Cultural History of Modern War)
Contesting Home Defence is a new history of the Home Guard, a novel national defence force of the Second World War composed of civilians who served as part-time soldiers: it questions accounts of the force and the war, which have seen them as symbols of national unity. The book makes a significant and original contribution to debates concerning the British home front and i ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Manchester University Press
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Finally - at last- finished. Not because it wasn't good but because it's been my fall-back lunchtime reading, and kept being back-burnered by other things I needed to read more urgently. It's very, very good: not just a nuanced and extensively researched insight into a relatively neglected corner of World War II history, but an examination of the role of popular culture in the construction and erosion of memory, gender and the overlooking of women's contribution, etc.