Public Schools and the Second World War

Anthony Seldon, David Walsh

Following on from Public Schools and the Great War, Sir Anthony Seldon and David Walsh now examine those same schools in the Second World War. Privileged conservative traditions of private schools were challenged in the inter-war years by the changing social and political landscape, including a greater role for the alumni of girls' public schools.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526750396
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Following on from Public Schools and the Great War, Sir Anthony Seldon and David Walsh now examine those same schools in the Second World War. Privileged conservative traditions of private schools were challenged in the inter-war years by the changing social and political landscape, including a greater role for the alumni of girls’ public schools. What was that public school spirit in 1939 and how did it and its products cope with, and contribute to, the requirements of a modern global conflict both physically and intellectually?

The book answers these questions by, for example, examining the public schools’ role in the development and operations of the RAF in unconventional warfare and code-breaking. At home there was bombing, evacuation and the threat of invasion. Finally, the authors study how public schools shaped the way the war was interpreted culturally and how they responded to victory in 1945 and hopes of a new social order.

This fascinating book draws widely on primary source material and personal accounts of inspiring courage and endurance.

About The Author
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Anthony Seldon is Master of Wellington College, having previously been the headmaster of Brighton College. He has written or edited over 30 books, including the standard works on Prime Ministers John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is the authorised historian of 10 Downing Street, and has written extensively on it. He is co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History, and Action For Happiness. His next books are the authorised history of the British Embassy in Washington, a new book on 10 Downing Street, and a book on happiness and spirituality. David Walsh is the former Deputy Head of Tonbridge School and has taught in Australia. He is a published historical author. He leads battlefield tours. He lives at Oxted, Surrey.

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