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There is increasing interest in the "home front" during the Second World War, including issues such as how people coped with rationing, how women worked to contribute to the war effort, and how civilian morale fluctuated over time. Most studies on this subject are confined to Britain, or to a single other colonial territory, neglecting the fact that Britain controlled a large Empire and that there were numerous "home fronts", each of which contributed greatly to the war effort but each in slightly different ways. This book considers "home fronts" from an overall imperial perspective and in a broad array of territories - Australia, India, South Africa, Ceylon, Palestine and Kenya aswell as Britain. It examines many aspects of wartime life - food, communications, bombing, volunteering, internment and more, and discusses important themes including identity, gender, inequality, and the relationship between civilians and the state. Besides case studies outlining the detail of the situation in different territories and in different areas of life, the book assesses "home fronts" across the Empire in a comprehensive way, setting the case studies in their wider context, and placing the subject in, and advancing, the historiography.

MARK J. CROWLEY is Associate Professor of History at Wuhan University, China.

SANDRA TRUDGEN DAWSON is an Instructor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783272259
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 06/16/2017
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Andrew Stewart is a Senior Lecturer within the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, the academic component of the United Kingdom's Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC). Currently he is the Land Historian supporting the Higher Com

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Home Fronts and the Empire at War - and
British Restaurants and the Gender Politics of the Wartime Midday Meal - Nadja Durbach
A Nutritional Economy: The Calorie, Development, and War in Mandate Palestine - Sherene Seikaly
Rubber Shortages on Britain's Home Front -
Nation-Building and Nationalism in Bengali Children's Literature during the 1940s and 1950s - Nupur Chaudhuri
'Young blood' and 'the blackout': Love, Sex and Marriage on the South African Home Front - Jean Smith
Ceylon's Home Front during the Second World War - Ashley Jackson
Nyanza at War: Kenya and the Mobilisation of Britain's Colonial Empire - Andrew Stewart
'Fighting In Their Ways'? The Civilian Man in British Culture, 1939-1945 - Linsey Robb
'The Royal Mail will always get through' - Maintaining Communications on the Home and Military Front during the Second World War -
'National Necessity' and 'Patriotic Duty': Railway Publicity in World War II India - Ritika Prasad
Removing Danger from the Home Front in Australia - Christine Winter
Bombs and Recycling Drives: The Double Threat to Books and Documents in Wartime Britain - Peter Thorsheim
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