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Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

James Hinton

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This book provides a fascinating re-evaluation of the social history of the Second World War and the 20th century making of the modern self. Using the wartime diaries of nine individuals, the book ... More


The Cost of War: Mortality and Population Loss

John Landers

in The Field and the Forge: Population, Production, and Power in the Pre-industrial West

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199279579
eISBN:
9780191719448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279579.003.0014
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

War imposed economic costs through the destruction of resources and their diversion to non-productive ends, and demographic costs in the form of relative or absolute population losses due to forced ... More


Conclusion

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This concluding chapter places side by side some of the characteristics of the nine diarists as a way of reprising the three main themes identified in the Introduction — the impact of war on active ... More


Introduction

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the wartime diaries that were preserved in the Mass-Observation (MO) archive at Sussex University. Formed in 1937, MO set out to document ... More


Nella Last: Nation before husband

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on Nella Last, the best known of the wartime diarists. An edited version of her wartime diaries Nella Last's War: A mother's diary was first published in 1981, and republished in ... More


Gertrude Glover: Moral guardian

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Gertrude Glover. Gertrude belonged to the army of middle-class housewives who exercised social leadership through voluntary work in towns and villages across ... More


Mary Clayton: Bombed out and keeping going

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Mary Clayton. Personal autonomy was not a problem for Mary who lived alone and ran her own business. Brought up a Methodist, married and divorced from a ... More


Eleanor Humphries: Serving genius

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Eleanor Humphries. The face Eleanor Humphries presented to the world in the photograph she sent to Mass-Observation is that of a well turned-out housewife, ... More


Lillian Rogers: Birmingham flaneuse

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Lillian Rogers. Lillian, wife of a garage mechanic, was the most plebeian of the nine diarists; she was also, in all understandings of the term, the most ... More


Denis Argent: Between the acts

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199574667
eISBN:
9780191702167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Denis Argent. Denis, a young journalist, was twenty-two when war broke out. Registered as a conscientious objector, he was conscripted into the Non-Combatant ... More


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