Advertising and Propaganda in World War II: Cultural Identity and the Blitz Spirit

TitleAdvertising and Propaganda in World War II: Cultural Identity and the Blitz Spirit
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsClampin, David
Number of Pages304
PublisherI. B. Tauris
CityLondon
Abstract

The Blitz—the period of Nazi bombing campaigns on civilian Britain during World War II—was a formative period for British national identity. In this groundbreaking book, David Clampin looks at the images, campaigns and slogans which helped to form the fabled "Blitz spirit"—powerfully echoed in Winston Churchill's speeches. Because advertisers attempted to capitalise on war-time patriotism, Clampin's unique focus on advertising provides a visually rich seam of new information on the everyday war, and makes an enormous contribution to the debate on people's experiences of war and nationalism. Using a remarkable and hitherto unseen range of primary source material-advertisements in the press, slogans and posters-this work will reshape the contested meanings of the "Home Front," opening up cultural history discourses on gender and nationalism.

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