The Blackout in Britain and Germany, 1939–1945

Authors: Wiggam, Marc

  • Provides the first book-length comparative social history of the black-out in Britain and Germany
  • Offers new insights into the effect of the black-out on crime, working conditions, the operation of industry and ideas of space
  • Utilises a wide range of sources including newspapers, diaries, and intelligence gathered by the German secret police
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About this book

This book is the first major study of the blackout in the Second World War. Developing a comparative history of this system of civil defense in Britain and Germany, it begins by exploring how the blackout was planned for in both countries, and how the threat of aerial bombing framed its development. It then examines how well the blackout was adhered to, paying particular regard to the tension between its military value and the difficulties it caused civilians. The book then moves on to discuss how the blackout undermined the perception of security on the home front, especially for women. The final chapter examines the impact of the blackout on industry and transport. Arguing that the blackout formed an integral part in mobilising and legitimating British and German wartime discourses of community, fairness and morality, the book explores its profound impact on both countries.

About the authors

Marc Wiggam researches communication history and the legitimation of state authority. He is co-author of British Press in the Second World War (forthcoming) and is currently working on another book on the British Ministry of Information.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wiggam, Marc

    Pages 1-10

  • Context and Planning

    Wiggam, Marc

    Pages 11-38

  • Adherence

    Wiggam, Marc

    Pages 39-64

  • Fear and Transgression

    Wiggam, Marc

    Pages 65-84

  • Working in the Blackout

    Wiggam, Marc

    Pages 85-111

Buy this book

eBook 44,02 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75471-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 58,84 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75470-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Blackout in Britain and Germany, 1939–1945
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75471-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75471-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75470-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 131
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