Nella Last S War

Author : Nella Last
ISBN : 9781847654083
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'Next to being a mother, I'd have loved to write books...' Nella Last, Oct 8, 1939 In September 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length and quality, have created a record of the Second World War which is powerful, fascinating and unique. When war broke out, Nella's younger son joined the army while the rest of the family tried to adapt to civilian life. Writing each day for the "Mass Observation" project, Nella, a middle-aged housewife from the bombed town of Barrow, shows what people really felt during this time. This was the period in which she turned 50, saw her children leave home, and reviewed her life and her marriage - which she eventually compares to slavery. Her growing confidence as a result of her war work makes this a moving (though often comic) testimony, which, covering sex, death and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorised, female perspective on the war years.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Nella Last S Peace

Author : Patricia Malcolmson
ISBN : 9781847651273
Genre : History
File Size : 45.99 MB
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Outwardly Nella's life was probably seen as ordinary; but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen - a pen that never gave up over almost three decades, reporting, describing, pondering, and disclosing. Nella, 55 when the war ends, writes of what ordinary people felt during those years of privation, hope and the re-building of Britain, providing a moving and inspiring account of the years that shaped the society we live in today. Her diary offers a detailed, moving and humorous narrative of the changing experiences of ordinary people at this time, and thoughts on the aftermath of war and whether 'peace' really meant peace, for everyone.
Category: History

Nella Last In The 1950s

Author : Nella Last
ISBN : 9781846683503
Genre : History
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'I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person ... can possibly have value.' So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her uniquely detailed and moving diaries, written during World War II and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project, and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood (with a follow-up under discussion). This third compelling volume sees Nella, now in her sixties, writing of what ordinary people felt during those years of growing prosperity in a modernising Britain. Her diary offers a detailed, moving and humorous narrative of daily life at a time that shaped the society we live in today. It is an account that's full of surprises as we learn more about her relationship with 'my husband' (never 'Will') and her fears of nuclear war. Outwardly Nella's life was commonplace; but behind this mask were a penetrating mind and a lively pen. As David Kynaston said on Radio 4, she 'will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth century English diarists.'
Category: History

The Diaries Of Nella Last

Author : Patricia Malcolmson
ISBN : 9781847658463
Genre : Literary Collections
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The complete collection of the diaries of Nella Last 'I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person ... can possibly have value...' So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. More than sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed three volumes of her vivid and moving diaries, written during the Second World War and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project - and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood. The Diaries of Nella Last, brings together into a single volume the best of Nella's prolific outpourings, including a great deal of new, unpublished material from the war years. Capturing the everyday trials and horrors of wartime Britain and the nation's transition into peacetime and beyond, Nella's touching and often humorous narrative provides an invaluable historical portrait of what daily life was like for ordinary people in the 1940s and 1950s. Outwardly Nella's life was commonplace; but behind this mask were a penetrating mind and a lively pen. As David Kynaston said on Radio 4, Nella Last 'will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth century English diarists.'
Category: Literary Collections

British Cultural Memory And The Second World War

Author : Lucy Noakes
ISBN : 9781441104977
Genre : History
File Size : 78.52 MB
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Few historical events have resonated as much in modern British culture as the Second World War. It has left a rich legacy in a range of media that continue to attract a wide audience: film, TV and radio, photography and the visual arts, journalism and propaganda, architecture, museums, music and literature. The enduring presence of the war in the public world is echoed in its ongoing centrality in many personal and family memories, with stories of the Second World War being recounted through the generations. This collection brings together recent historical work on the cultural memory of the war, examining its presence in family stories, in popular and material culture and in acts of commemoration in Britain between 1945 and the present.
Category: History

Nine Wartime Lives

Author : James Hinton
ISBN : 9780199574667
Genre : History
File Size : 59.99 MB
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Nine Wartime Lives uses diaries kept by nine 'ordinary' people in wartime Britain to re-evaluate the social history of the war, and to reflect on the twentieth-century making of the modern self. These diaries were written by some of the unusually self-reflective and public-spirited people who agreed to write intimate journals about their daily activity for the social research organisation, Mass Observation. Placing individuals at the centre of hisanalysis, James Hinton probes the impact of war on attitudes to citizenship, the changing relationships between men and women, and the search for meanings in life that could transcend the wartime context of limitless violence, while resisting nostalgic contrasts between the presumed dutiful citizenship of wartimeBritain and contemporary anti-social individualism.
Category: History

The English In Love

Author : Claire Langhamer
ISBN : 9780191664038
Genre : History
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Love has a history. It has meant different things to different people at different moments and has served different purposes. This book tells the story of love at a crucial point, a moment when the emotional landscape changed dramatically for large numbers of people. It is a story based in England, but informed by America, and covers the period from the end of the First World War until the break-up of The Beatles. To the casual observer, this era was a golden age of marriage. More people married than ever before. They did so at increasingly younger ages. And there was a revolution in our idea of what marriage meant. Pragmatic notions of marriage as institution were superseded by the more romantic ideal of a relationship based upon individual emotional commitment, love, sex, and personal fulfilment. And yet, this new idea of marriage, based on a belief in the transformative power of love and emotion, carried within it the seeds of its own destruction. Romantic love, particularly when tied to sexual satisfaction, ultimately proved an unreliable foundation upon which to build marriages: fatally, it had the potential to evaporate over time and under pressure. Scratching beneath the surface of the apparent 'golden age' of marriage, Claire Langhamer uncovers the real story of love in the twentieth century, via the recollections of ordinary people who lived through the period. It is a tale of quiet emotional instability, persistent subversion, and unsettling change. At its end, the idea of life-long marriage was in serious decline. And, as Langhamer shows, this was a decline directly rooted in the contradictions and tensions that lay at the heart of the emotional revolution itself.
Category: History

Anne Frank Tagebuch

Author : Anne Frank
ISBN : 3100767136
Genre : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Die Zuflucht

Author : Corrie Ten Boom
ISBN : 9783775172691
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 46.67 MB
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Was machte man in Amsterdam während des Zweiten Weltkriegs, wenn ein Jude vor der Tür stand, der sich verstecken musste? Man ließ ihn herein, telefonierte und versuchte mit Code-Worten, ihn auf dem Land unterzubringen. Man hatte einen geheimen Raum im Haus, der bei Razzien übersehen wurde. Man übte, nachts aus dem Schlaf gerissen zu sagen: Man wisse von nichts. Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) erzählt, wie sie mit ihrer ganzen Familie Verfolgten Schutz bietet, selbst zur Verfolgten wird und schließlich 1944 im KZ Ravensbrück inhaftiert wird. Anders als ihre Schwester überlebt sie die Qualen und kommt 1945 frei. Trotz alledem ist sie nach dem Krieg weltweit als Botschafterin der Versöhnung unterwegs. Für ihren Einsatz wurde sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Von der Holocaustgedenkstätte Yad Vashem erhielt sie den Ehrentitel "Gerechte unter den Völkern", und die niederländische Königin verlieh ihr den "Orden von Oranien-Nassau". Der internationale Bestseller erscheint in der 31. deutschen Auflage erstmalig in einem größeren Format.
Category: Biography & Autobiography