The Battle of Britain in the Modern Age, 1965–2020

The State’s Retreat and Popular Enchantment

Authors: Campion, Garry

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  • Assesses the afterlives of the Battle of Britain in British popular history and memory since 1965
  • Analyzes how the Battle has been memorialized and commodified in media, popular culture, historiography, and heritage sites
  • Appeals to scholars and readers interested in military history, the history of World War II, and modern British history 
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The Battle of Britain has held an enchanted place in British popular history and memory throughout the modern era. Its transition from history to heritage since 1965 confirms that the 1940 narrative shaped by the State has been sustained by historians, the media, popular culture, and through non-governmental heritage sites, often with financing from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund. Garry Campion evaluates the Battle’s revered place in British society and its influence on national identity, considering its historiography and revisionism; the postwar lives of the Few, their leaders and memorialization; its depictions on screen and in commercial products; the RAF Museum’s Battle of Britain Hall; third-sector heritage attractions; and finally, fighter airfields, including RAF Hawkinge as a case study. A follow-up to Campion’s The Battle of Britain, 1945–1965 (Palgrave, 2015), this book offers an engaging, accessible study of the Battle’s afterlives in scholarship, memorialization, and popular culture.

About the authors

Garry Campion is the author of The Good Fight: Battle of Britain Propaganda and The Few (Palgrave, 2008), and The Battle of Britain, 1945–1965: The Air Ministry and the Few (Palgrave, 2015). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Longest Enchantment?: The Battle of Britain in Society and Culture, 1965–2020

    Pages 1-28

    Campion, Garry

  • The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain in History, 1965–2020

    Pages 29-65

    Campion, Garry

  • An Exceptional Few: Leaders, Heroes and Their Memorialisation

    Pages 67-108

    Campion, Garry

  • A Piece of Cake: Consuming the Battle of Britain

    Pages 109-150

    Campion, Garry

  • The State’s Retreat?: The RAF Museum and the Battle of Britain Hall, 1978–2016

    Pages 151-181

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Battle of Britain in the Modern Age, 1965–2020
Book Subtitle
The State’s Retreat and Popular Enchantment
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26110-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26110-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26109-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 369
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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