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Author Webster, Wendy, author

Title Mixing it : diversity in World War Two Britain / Wendy Webster
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction: 'the big proposition' -- 1940 -- Enemies and neutrals -- The empire comes to Britain -- Allies -- Language, speech, and sound -- Sexual patriotism -- Aftermath -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- Index
Summary During the Second World War, people arrived in Britain from all over the world as troops, war-workers, nurses, refugees, exiles, and prisoners-of-war-chiefly from Europe, America, and the British Empire. Between 1939 and 1945, the population in Britain became more diverse than it had ever been before. Through diaries, letters, and interviews, Mixing It tells of ordinary lives pushed to extraordinary lengths. Among the stories featured are those of Zbigniew Siemaszko - deported by the Soviet Union, fleeing Kazakhstan on a horse-drawn sleigh, and eventually joining the Polish army in Scotland via Iran, Iraq, and South Africa - and 'Johnny' Pohe - the first Maori pilot to serve in the RAF, who was captured, and eventually murdered by the Gestapo for his part in the 'Great Escape'. This is the first book to look at the big picture of large-scale movements to Britain and the rich variety of relations between different groups. When the war ended, awareness of the diversity of Britain's wartime population was lost and has played little part in public memories of the war. Mixing It recovers this forgotten history. It illuminates the place of the Second World War in the making of multinational, multiethnic Britain and resonates with current debates on immigration
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Emigration and immigration.
Ethnic relations.
Social aspects.
Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191054600