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Mixing It: Diversity in World War Two Britain

Wendy Webster


During the Second World War, people arrived in Britain from all over the world as troops, war workers, nurses, refugees, exiles, and prisoners of war—chiefly from Europe, America, and the British Empire. Between 1939 and 1945, the population in Britain became more diverse than it had ever been before. Through diaries, letters, and interviews, Mixing It tells of ordinary lives which in wartime conditions were often extraordinary. Among the stories featured are those of Zbigniew Siemaszko and ‘Johnny’ Pohe. Siemaszko’s epic journey to Britain began on a horse-drawn sleigh, in a village in Kazakh ... More

Keywords: diversity, refugees, immigration, tolerance, nationality, transnational, Battle of Britain, allies’ war, war memories, multinational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Webster, author
Professor of History, University of Huddersfield