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Half the Battle: Civilian Morale in Britain During the Second World War

Robert Mackay


How well did civilian morale stand up to the pressures of total war and what factors were important to it? This book rejects contentions that civilian morale fell a long way short of the favourable picture presented at the time and in hundreds of books and films ever since. While acknowledging that some negative attitudes and behaviour existed—panic and defeatism, ration-cheating and black-marketeering—it argues that these involved a very small minority of the population. In fact, most people behaved well, and this should be the real measure of civilian morale, rather than the failing of the f ... More

Keywords: civilian morale, total war, panic, defeatism, ration-cheating, black-marketeering, air raids, government policies, patriotic feeling, nation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719058936
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719058936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Mackay, author

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