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WarTalk
Foreign Languages and the British War Effort in Europe, 1940-47
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
29 Jan 2013
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This book offers a new perspective on the British experience of the Second World War in Europe, one in which foreignness and foreign languages are central to the dynamics of war-making. It offers a series of snapshots of the role which foreign languages played in Britain's war – in intelligence gathering (both signals and human intelligence), in psychological warfare, in preparations for liberating and occupying the continent, in denazification, in providing relief for refugees and displaced persons, and in postwar relationships with the USSR. By mapping the linguistic landscape of Britain's war in Europe, key aspects of international communication – translation, language performance, authenticity, language policies – are seen to be vital to military preparations and operations.


Description

This book offers a new perspective on the British experience of the Second World War in Europe, one in which foreignness and foreign languages are central to the dynamics of war-making. It offers a series of snapshots of the role which foreign languages played in Britain's war – in intelligence gathering (both signals and human intelligence), in psychological warfare, in preparations for liberating and occupying the continent, in denazification, in providing relief for refugees and displaced persons, and in postwar relationships with the USSR. By mapping the linguistic landscape of Britain's war in Europe, key aspects of international communication – translation, language performance, authenticity, language policies – are seen to be vital to military preparations and operations.


Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction
Preparing for War: the British and Foreign Languages
Intelligence in Translation: Finding Out About the Enemy
Role-Playing for War: the Human in Human Intelligence
The War of Words: Psychological Warfare in a Foreign Language
Continental Invasion: Liberation and Occupation
Pursuing War Criminals: Military Interpreters in War Tribunals
The British and the War Victims: Bringing Relief to Refugees and Displaced Persons Overseas
The Russian Ally: Moving to Cold War
Conclusions
Notes
References


Authors

HILARY FOOTITT is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Languages and European Studies, University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include women in politics, war and liberation in France and the development of language policy. She has written widely on Allied/French relationships in the Second World War, on the discourse of women in politics, and on the role of languages in war and conflict.
SIMONA TOBIA is Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading, UK. Her research interests focus on propaganda in the Cold War, and on cultural aspects of twentieth century conflicts. She is currently working on Interrogations in war and conflict. Her publications include Advertising America: The United States Information Service in Italy, 1945-1956.