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Half the BattleCivilian Morale in Britain During the Second World War$
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Robert Mackay

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058936

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058936.001.0001

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Half the Battle

Robert Mackay

Manchester University Press

This investigation arrived at an unequivocal conclusion: the ‘negative’ features emphasized by revisionist historians, although indisputably present, were not on such a scale as to invalidate the orthodox picture of a people who became actively committed to the project their leaders put before them, who cooperated with the drastic re-ordering of daily life that this entailed and who, on the whole, did so in a spirit of stoical endurance that did not exclude good humour. War-weariness was an inseparable part of war itself. The government did not take for granted that in war the people would acquire a heightened sense of national identity and would have confidence in victory, even when these characteristics manifested themselves at quite an early stage. Getting away from the war for most people meant defying the constraints of dark streets, fewer buses and trams and engaging in social activity of some kind.

Keywords:   war, Government, social activity, national identity, revisionist historians

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