"A comprehensive catalogue of various aspects of British society during the Second World War"- Dr David Clampin, Liverpool John Moores University
War, State and Society provides access to thousands of documents from the collections of eleven U.K. government departments, each responsible for dealing with and reporting on the domestic situation in Britain during the Second World War and its aftermath. Sourced from The National Archives (U.K.) and the History of Advertising Trust, its files provide a uniquely comprehensive insight into the social, economic, political and cultural affairs of wartime Britain, and a valuable snapshot of day-to-day life in every corner of the country and beyond.
This new digital collection allows students and researchers to examine multiple themes and topics from this pivotal moment of social history, and to interrogate the wider impact of modern warfare on civilian populations. It provides access to a wide range of documents, from social surveys and statistical analyses to food offences trials, propaganda film scripts, and wartime advertising, as well as a diverse array of voices from the very top of government to the narratives and testimonies of ordinary citizens.