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Mixing ItDiversity in World War Two Britain$
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Wendy Webster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198735762.001.0001

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Allies

Allies

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(p.135) 4 Allies
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Mixing It
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Wendy Webster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735762.003.0005

From 1941, the image of an ‘allies war’ in the British media expanded to include many new allies and emphasized inter-allied friendship and solidarity, with occasional conflict—often due to misunderstandings—easily resolved. Outside the world of propaganda, mixing in Britain produced many close transnational friendships and mutual respect in the wider community of allies, as well as the imperial community. But mixing did not always bring people together. There was also considerable inter-allied antagonism and violence. In wartime propaganda, some allies were more visible than others. Men in uniform were highly visible and fighting men enjoyed much popular approval—although with many reservations in the case of white Americans. Allied women in Britain were largely invisible. Accusations levelled against Jews placed them outside the idea of an allied community making a common effort and Jews were also increasingly excluded from the media’s vision of an allied community after 1942.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, deportation, American troops, British–American relations, masculinity, black GIs, inter-allied violence, BBC European Service, anti-Semitism, Chinese seamen

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