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Britain at War 1939 - 1945
University of Westminster
London, England

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
History 400 English 4 50 N/A

This module aims to encourage students to develop an inquiring and analytical approach to modern history, through concentration upon the fascinating story of Britain at war, with particular emphasis to the lives of ordinary Britons in a time of global conflict.  The experience of the Home Front in World War II is a central pillar of the story of British life in the twentieth century, and the hardships and privations Britons endured are often seen as factors in their determination to build a 'new Jerusalem' in the post-war period.  Many British cities were exposed to prolonged periods of aerial bombardment during World War II, and the ability of Britain to unite and 'take it', has become almost legendary.  Nevertheless, in recent years historians have challenged many of the traditional images of life in Britain in this period, and the module allows students to make their own contributions to this intriguing debate.  Considerable emphasis is placed upon the analysis of primary historical sources, including archive film, paintings, political propaganda, Mass Observation materials, official government papers and the words of contemporary Britons

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