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Title: The Daily Express, family & the Second World War, 1939-1945
Author: Dale, Caroline
ISNI:       0000 0004 6352 1647
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 2016
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On the 15th June 1940, Sir Walter Monckton, the then head of the wartime Press and Censorship Bureau, wrote to the Director of the Ministry of Information’s (MOI) film division, Sir Kenneth Clark, stating “However widely we distribute our [government] material, it cannot compete with [the impact] of newspaper articles”.1 Another official from the Ministry of Health (MOH), Sir Thomas Fife Clarke, wrote about evacuation on the 7th May 1941 that, Throughout the war we have had the consistent support from the press. Indeed, had it not been for the steady and even enthusiastic co-operation of the press, we could not have done anything like as much as has been done.2 These letters demonstrated how important the press was deemed to be in British society during the Second World War, in the dissemination of news and ideas, and in its support of government led initiatives, such as evacuation. There is, however, rather surprisingly, no detailed in-depth study of the British press during the Second World War, and the important role it played in British society. This thesis is designed to explore the popular press in the Second World War, and in particular the most widely read of the popular newspapers, the Daily Express. In doing so, this thesis will investigate the ways in which the Daily Express adapted to wartime conditions and the ways it represented particular themes and images during those years, most particularly the image of the family in wartime.
Supervisor: Nicholas, Sian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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