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A conversation with Dr Jonathan Fennell on his book, Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War, which was awarded the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History 2020.
The book provides an unprecedented panoramic history of the 'citizen armies' of the UK and its Empire during the Second World War. Drawing on new sources to reveal the true wartime experiences of ordinary people, Dr Fennell fundamentally challenges our understanding of the war and the relationship between conflict and socio-political change.
In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr Fennell will explore how fractures on the home front had profound implications for the performance of the British and Commonwealth armies. He will trace how soldiers' political beliefs, many of which emerged because of their combat experience, proved instrumental to the socio-political changes of the post-war era.
Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2019.
Dr Jonathan Fennell
Dr Jonathan Fennell is a Reader in Modern History at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. He is Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, and Co-Founder and President of the Second World War Research Group.
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