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Dying for the NationDeath, Grief and Bereavement in Second World War Britain$
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Lucy Noakes

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087592

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526135650

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The emotional economy of interwar Britain

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Dying for the Nation

Lucy Noakes

Manchester University Press

Chapter Two discusses the emotional economy of interwar Britain, Examining the range of different cultural texts that advised people on the management of emotions, and the desirability of restraint and stoicism, it shows how the British people were encouraged to be self-reflective and to work to understand, and thus manage, their emotions. Self-restraint, it argues, became seen as a key and desirable aspect of modernity. The chapter begins by examining the impact of the Great War on grief and religious practice in the interwar period before examining the development of a historically specific emotional economy that valued self-reflection and restraint. It concludes by discussing the growth of a popular psychology in the 1930s, and the impact of this focus on emotional self-management on British people as they prepared for a second, devastating, war.

Keywords:   Emotional economy interwar Britain self-reflection restraint popular psychology

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