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The Secret History of the Blitz电子书

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作       者:Joshua Levine

出  版  社:Simon & Schuster UK

出版时间:2015-07-30

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The Blitz of 1940-41 is one of the most iconic periods in modern British history - and one of the most misunderstood. The 'Blitz Spirit' is often celebrated, whereas others dismiss it as a myth. Joshua Levine's thrilling biography rejects the tired arguments and reveals the human truth: the Blitz was a time of extremes of experience and behaviour. People werepulling together and helping strangers, but they were also breaking rules and exploiting each other. Life during wartime, the author reveals, was complex and messy and real. From the first page readers will discover a different story to the one they thought they knew - from the sacrifices made by ordinary people to a sudden surge in the popularity of nightclubs; from secret criminal trials at the Old Bailey to a Columbine-style murder in an Oxford College. There were new working opportunities for women and clandestine homosexual relationships conducted in the shadows. The Blitz also allowed for a melting pot of cultures: whilst prayers were offered up in a south London mosque, Jamaican sailors crossed the country. Unlikely friendships were fostered and surprising sexualities explored - these years saw a boom in prostitution and even the emergence of a popular weekly magazine for fetishists. On the darker side, racketeers and spivs made money out of the chaos, and looters prowled the night to prey on bomb victims. From the lack of cheese to the increased suicide rate, this astonishing and entertaining book takes the true pulse of a 'blitzed nation'. And it shows how social change during this time led to political change - which in turn has built the Britain we know today.
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Cover

Half-title page

Also by Joshua Levine

Title page

Copyright page

Dedication page

Contents

Epigraph page

1 A Time of Extremes

2 Homeless and Helpless

3 Going Underground

4 Shelter Life

5 The Klondyke of the Midlands

6 Striking Oil in Sherwood Forest

7 The Germans Are Coming

8 The Enemy Within

9 Bloody Foreigners

10 The First Sexual Revolution

11 We’re All Criminals Now

12 Golden Age of Crime

13 It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Acknowledgements

Sources

Bibliography

Picture Credits

Index

List of Illustrations

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