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Blood, Sweat, and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class, 1939-1945 Hardcover – January 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199604111 ISBN-10: 0199604118

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"Field ...brings forth a fresh eye and a highly impressive volume of primary research; his analysis is always thoughtful and stimulating ... He has refocused our minds on class, has proposed some credible hypotheses, and has done much to illuminate them. His book will repay rereading, and is likely to become a key point of reference in the literature." --War in History

"This is a splendid, well-written, and deeply researched study of the British working class during the Second World War. This is an essential text about Britain during the war." --Journal of British Studies

"For anyone seriously engaged in the study of wartime Britain, Field's work will likely be read for years to come." --H-Net Reviews

"Field's readable, persuasive, and informed account should hold a prominent place in the literature for some years to come...[He] has provided a superbly documented account of the centrality of class to the history of wartime Britain." --International Review of Social History

"[Field] increases our understanding of an important, still imperfectly understood time, helping to clarify how a substantial, unprecedented shift towards a more equal society was achieved." --Times Literary Supplement

"A solid contribution to understanding the influence of WWII on British society...This carefully written, solidly researched and clearly argued book must be a part of all historical studies of the last century...Essential." --Choice

"A fascinating, kaleidoscopic history of the British working class during World War II, which upends many familiar stereotypes about the war and British society. It also demonstrates that there is still plenty of life in the field of labor history, whose death has been prematurely announced many times." --The Nation

"[Field's] book will repay rereading, and is likely to become a key point of reference in the literature. He and the publishers are to be congratulated upon it." --War in History

About the Author

Geoffrey Field: is Professor of History at Purchase College, State University of New York. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Columbia University. His research and publications have focused on twentieth-century German and British history and European racism. His first book, Evangelist of Race: The Germanic Vision of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best book on race relations in any discipline and an Outstanding Book of the Year Award from Choice. His book, Blood, Sweat and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class 1939-45 was awarded the 2012 Morris D. Forkosch Prize by the American Historical Association. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the University of Paris, 13. He is also a former Chair of the New York Council for the Humanities, was a Senior Editor of International Labor and Working-Class History, and continues to serve on the journal's editorial board.

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