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The bombing of British cities in the Second World War
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Richard Overy 
Year:  2018 Issue: 158 Language: English 
Pages:  23 Pg. 11-33 FullText PDF:  398 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SU2018-158002
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This article examines the bombing of British cities during the Second World War by the German Air Force. It focuses on three themes: the imagined effects of bombing and the fears that these aroused during the 1930s; the reality of bombing the urban area and its social and economic consequences; and the reasons why cities did not collapse into crisis under the impact of bombing despite the pre-war fears. The article argues that the bombing was not widespread or prolonged enough to create serious urban dysfunction and that a combination of government action, at national and local level, together with the efforts of the urban civil population to maintain city life were sufficient to sustain the city as an economic entity and a moral community and to provide a foundation for city reconstruction after the war.
Keywords: City bombing, Second World War, Blitz, Coventry, Reconstruction

Richard Overy, in "STORIA URBANA " 158/2018, pp. 11-33, DOI:10.3280/SU2018-158002

   

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