How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War E–book/E–pub

How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War

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This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War IIThis book encompasses an incredible amount of information put together in an easily ead interestingly organized manner In fact considering the uantity and variety of subjects covered and the large number of sources used I would have to say the organization is masterful Longmate s own memories statements and opinions sometimes jar but I found this a fascinating ead Though I had The Magistrates' Court: An Introduction (Fifth Edition) read at least twenty books about Britain during World War II beforeeading this one much of the specific hardships living situations amusements occupations so many things were new to me or were covered completely A andom example would be exactly how clothing coupons workedKeeper An island nation mostly abandoned by its allies fights off the fascist continental empire with austerity hard work and cooperation Sure the military especially the air force did its work But Longmate FOCUSES ON THE LIVES OF ORDINARY CIVILIANS OFTEN LETTING on the lives of ordinary civilians often letting tell their stories in their own words I enjoyed the first hand accounts of ationing blacking out building shelters and joining everything from the fire brigade to civil defense units and knitting circles This was the lived experience of my family so I will never tire of learning about it One can find many books on the history of World War II from the perspective of each country involved to the political undertones to the experiences of officers and footsoldiers This book is uniue written in 1970 in a sweeping attempt to explain how the war in England was won on the homefrontThis book was somewhat personal for me in that some of the artifacts in it were common items from my childhood we would go through large shoeboxes of pictures and ephemera and at one point we found Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 ration coupon books and played war shops Somehow as children of the 1970s the story had come down to us about our Englishelatives hardship in finding the most basic of foods and clothing as the war dragged on for six long years an emigrant cousin or two brought her The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin ration books with her just in case and they stayed in a cabinet for decades until we brought them out Reading about how English ingenuity used garden hose andope to The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity replace failed bicycle tires any textiles at all toeplace worn clothing and hundreds of other make do efforts made me appreciate the civilian sacrifice all the The United States is currently fighting on several fronts but civilians have been asked to give up nothing and we are not particularly aware of th. Although nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain emained civilians throughout the war or for a large part of it their story has so far largely gone untold In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations barely any have concerned themselves with. ,
E ealities of these wars The English Fought Hunger And English fought hunger and at home to spare for their sons and husbands on the front lines with very little complaining and a chin up attitude I still find in my family todayAt over 700 pages Longmate covered nearly all possible aspects of home life kitchen cooking clothing shopping movies popular music the influx of other Allied troops books the media school the evacuation of children from dense cities family Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 relations and far Because it was written just a few decades after it happened he interviewed women and former children who had these experiences and thus includes firsthand accounts that are no longer possible so as a historical document this isich with informationMuch exists about this war but eading about how it permeated Every Aspect Of Civilian Life Allows A aspect of civilian life allows a century eader to truly understand how it was the cultural touchpoint of a generation It is well worth the time to L. Munatius Plancus read through it andeflect World War II was in many instances the defining event for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years two of which they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us an
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look at it was like to live in the UK during those years From Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality rationing which lasted until 1954 to mandatory national service for anyone under the age of 60 to the nightly bombing during the Blitz and later attacks by V 1 and V 2ockets to the friendly but still disconcerting invasion of over a million foreign troops one can only have boundless admiration for the British people who not only managed to keep on going but who were emarkably cheerful about itToday we fight ugly little wars in faraway places and no one except the families of our all volunteer armed services make any kind of sacrifice It s instructive to ead a book like this to see what people had to do when they were literally with their backs to the wall trying to save western civilization This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering The Pink Pearl rationing the creation of Anderson shelters weddings births and the evacuation of children from London and much the book gives aeally interesting perspective of what the situation was like for those keeping the home fires burning during the midst of the warYou can definitely choose to Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe read this from front to back or pick chapters that youe interested in and skip the ones you don t like as it is uite a large book with a significant amount of detail given to each topic in the book There s no cont. The individual's experience The problems of the ordinary family are barely ever mentioned food The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi rationing clothesationing the black out and air Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela raids get little space and everyday shortages almost none at all This book is an attempt toedress the balance; to tell ,
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Inuation of characters from chapter to chapter which gives the opportunity to pick up chapters here and there if that chapter which gives the opportunity to pick up chapters here and there if that what you fancy 25 stars MemoirW 225 U 25 T 225 3263 Exact 246A collective memoir of WWII from the point of view of English civilians Published in 1971 it is
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uncommon viewpoint the war Mediocrity and insipidity make its ecommendation limited This book written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It s obviously been used by other authors as a source of material as many stories in this book can be found in newer books Every aspect of life during the war years is covered using the memories and diaries of people who lived through them Now that the war generation is passing into history books such as this one written when these people were still alive to be interviewed become invaluable This book is a treasure trove I highly Octavio's Journey recommend it for those interested in this time period Exceptionally goodead The book is oral history in content but not in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of Philosophy in Social Work reminiscences into a compelling narrative No aspect of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate what they wore and how they made do The last chapters are of particular interest to me dealing with the films they watched the songs they sang the broadcasts they heard and the books theyead The chapter on wartime Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story reading has given me leads on many titles some of which may turn up on Goodreads by and by HOW WE LIVED then was first published in 1971 so it may assumed that most of the first hand observers have passed but as best I can tell Longmate is still among the uick Fascinating first person accounts on the social history of World War Two I ll be coming back to this one once the boys cycleound to this period in history Evocative and moving A history of World War II in which Churchill Hitler Eisenhower Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a ead So often histories of the war either take an overview approach or a specifically military approach or they focus on a specific group a specific battle or theatre of war But this book is very much about the ordinary man and woman in the street and their wartime experiences ather than high level politics and military manoeuvres Even the Blitz as an extraordinary event gets very little time it is very much about the day to day experiences of wartime the minor and the mundaneLongmate who himself lived through the war as a teenager takes a thema. He civilian's story largely through their own Organizing Power recollections and in their own words Mr Longmate hasecruited an enormous volunteer army of home front veterans who sent him their wartime Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs recollectionsHe has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris Guardian.