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Civilians into soldiers – War, the body and British Army recruits, 1939-45 - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Civilians into soldiers: War, the body and British Army recruits, 1939-45

Emma Newlands


Civilians into Soldiers is an examination of British Army life during the Second World War. Drawing on a wealth of official records and servicemen’s personal testimonies it explores the ways in which male civilians were turned into soldiers through the techniques by which they were inducted into military culture. The book demonstrates that the body was central to this process. Using strict physical regimes, the military authorities sorted men into bodily types that reflected their cultural assumptions and sought to transform them into figures that they imagined to be ideal. However, soldiers’ ... More

Keywords: Second World War, British Army, Body, Health, Medicine, Military culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088049
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Newlands, author
University of Strathclyde

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