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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


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


Family Correspondents

Alexandra Garbarini

in Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112528
eISBN:
9780300135039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112528.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the diary writings of Jews during the Holocaust and the nature of their production in terms of these writings being a family affair. Families that were separated during the war ... More


The Waltons: A democratic marriage 1

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/9780199574667.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on wartime diarists Matthew and Bertha Walton. For Matthew and Bertha Walton, a school teacher and his wife living in a small town in the Durham coalfield, Mass-Observation was 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


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


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


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


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


The Construction of the Soldier Ideal by Educated Youths

Yan Xu

in The Soldier Image and State-Building in Modern China, 1924-1945

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813176741
eISBN:
9780813176772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813176741.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

The fifth chapter studies an often-forgotten depiction of soldiers during the Second Sino-Japanese War: the student soldiers. This chapter first discusses the Campaign to Mobilize Educated Youths to ... More


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