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The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; a quarter of London's population fled to the country; Churchill and the royal family were booed while touring the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was not bombed into classless democracy. Angus Calder provides a compelling examination of the events of 1940 and 1941 - when Britain 'stood alone' against the Luftwaffe - and of the Myth which sustained her 'finest hour'.


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The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; a quarter of London's population fled to the country; Churchill and the royal family were booed while touring the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was not bombed into classless democracy. Angus Calder provides a compelling examination of the events of 1940 and 1941 - when Britain 'stood alone' against the Luftwaffe - and of the Myth which sustained her 'finest hour'.

30 review for The Myth of the Blitz

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Artist Cat

    To be honest, I only skimmed through this book. Maybe I had the wrong expectations for it, I really wished this would be a good reference for my historical fiction novel about World War Two Britain, but, I don't know, the information is a bit scattered all over the place and disorganised, disconnected. There was a whole lot more about politics than the Blitz themselves. Perhaps it meant "The Lies The Government Told During The Blitz That Glorified Britain Far Too Much", not tales of the blitz. T To be honest, I only skimmed through this book. Maybe I had the wrong expectations for it, I really wished this would be a good reference for my historical fiction novel about World War Two Britain, but, I don't know, the information is a bit scattered all over the place and disorganised, disconnected. There was a whole lot more about politics than the Blitz themselves. Perhaps it meant "The Lies The Government Told During The Blitz That Glorified Britain Far Too Much", not tales of the blitz. Though to be fair, there are plenty of interesting facts in there that helped me find different resources.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Bird

    This work is predicated upon the definition of ‘myth’ as an emotionally satisfying story, immune from falsification, rather than as false story. It takes a while to fully develop its case, but ultimately succeeds in considering how the received narrative came into being. Reading it in the Corona-virus Summer of 2020, I am struck by the contrast, how the lack of unifying voices now have made this experience one of fragmentation rather than unity, isolation rather than shared travail.

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Martin Empson

    Fascinating book, but not as sharp a work of history as his People's War. My full review: http://resolutereader.blogspot.co.uk/... Fascinating book, but not as sharp a work of history as his People's War. My full review: http://resolutereader.blogspot.co.uk/...

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