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Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self

James Hinton


This book provides a fascinating re-evaluation of the social history of the Second World War and the 20th century making of the modern self. Using the wartime diaries of nine individuals, the book illuminates the impact of war on attitudes to citizenship, the changing relationships between men and women, and the search for meaning in a wartime context of limitless violence. The diaries from which this book is derived 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 organisat ... More

Keywords: Second World War, modern self, wartime diaries, Mass Observation, impact of war, citizenship, social research organisation, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574667
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Hinton, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick
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