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Juliet Gardiner

Teoksen The History Today Companion to British History tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Wartime Britain 1939-1945 (2004) 195 kappaletta
The Thirties: An Intimate History (2009) 133 kappaletta
Who's Who in British History (1998) 95 kappaletta
The 1940's House (2000) 52 kappaletta
From the Bomb to the "Beatles" (1999) 19 kappaletta
The Children's War (2005) 18 kappaletta
The People's War (1991) 17 kappaletta
Queen Victoria (Monarchy) (1997) 16 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Long Week-End: A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939 (1940) — Johdanto, eräät painokset462 kappaletta
The Village (1952) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset205 kappaletta
To Bed with Grand Music (1946) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset115 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 36: Attics with Attitude (2012) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
1940s House [2001 TV series] (2003) — Book — 7 kappaletta

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Gardiner, Juliet



A speedy review of the Bronte sisters' lives, with extracts from their letters and journals. This book is not great on Kindle, due to the frequent illustrations with very long captions, which interrupt the flow of the text and make it a little clumsy for reading. And, honestly, if you've already read the Brontes' letters in full, or if you've read a comprehensive biography, the summing up and skimming over in this book just simply feels like it's not enough. If you want to know about the Brontes, I recommend you search out a more complete volume of their letters and let them tell you about themselves without an intermediary.

There were a number of typos, too, and a photo supposedly of Charlotte Bronte which has, for some years now, been pretty convincingly attributed to Ellen Nussey.
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Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
For the British, there is perhaps no more iconic event of the 20th century than the Blitz. The German bombing campaign that stretched from September 1940 until June 1941 was an event that people experienced throughout the British isles, from London and the southeast to Belfast in Northern Ireland. As such it was a shared experience, albeit one filtered through the personal circumstances of the individual and their particular experience of the war. Yet for all of the specific moments in which the Blitz touched their lives, it was an inescapable experience for everyone,

Encapsulating this within the covers of a single book is just one of the challenges undertaken by Juliet Gardiner in writing a history of the event. Another is to penetrate the shared mythology of the event that has grown up around it over the decades in order to convey the realities of the experience and the response of its survivors. In both respects her book is an unqualified success, as she moves beyond the "keep calm and carry on" legend to convey a more nuanced portrait of how Britons coped. For while many rose to the challenge, others faltered in response to a crisis unprecedented in its nature. Its impact proved far-reaching, forcing adjustments to a situation that unfolded in ways few anticipated. Gardiner's coverage here is impressively comprehensive, addressing everything from the shifts in official policy to the problems of looting and other criminal activities it spawned.

All of this makes Gardiner's book an excellent read for anyone seeking to learn about the Blitz. Yet its greatest strength is its focus. For while Gardiner addresses the evolution of official policy in response to the attacks, her narrative is centered primarily upon the experiences of the people themselves. By drawing upon contemporary reporting, published accounts, and the oral histories collected years afterward, she provides her readers with a superb study that conveys well the broad impact of the Blitz and its legacy for British history. For as she argues, it was from this event more than any other of the war that the commitment to the postwar "New Jerusalem" was forged. In this respect, the Blitz left an imprint upon Britain in ways that are still visible today, decades after the last craters were filled and bombed sites rebuilt.
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MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
Juliet Gardiner's Wartime is a superb social history of Britain's "Home Front" experience in the Second World War. Drawing both upon the abundant literature about the war and Mass-Observation diaries kept by contemporaries, she gives readers a real sense of what the war was like for the people of Britain. By far the best book about the subject, it is essential reading for anyone interested in learning about how Britons lived, survived, and died during the long conflict that continues to cast its shadow upon the nation.… (lisätietoja)
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MacDad | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 27, 2020 |
This is a fantastic survey of a controversial decade in British history. A longtime historian and writer, Juliet Gardiner provides a readable and informative overview of the 1930s, using specific events to open up a broader examination that takes in the politics, society, and culture of the times. In doing so, she presents the traditional interpretation of a working-class population suffering through the Depression, while at the same time illustrating the gains being made by a growing middle-class consumer society. Combining both provides for a remarkably holistic view of the times, one that both entertains with anecdotes while informing with an impressive amount of detail. For anyone seeking to learn more about the 1930s in British history, this is an excellent place to begin.… (lisätietoja)
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MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |



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