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Mixing ItDiversity in World War Two Britain$
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Wendy Webster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198735762.001.0001

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The Empire Comes to Britain

The Empire Comes to Britain

(p.109) 3 The Empire Comes to Britain
Mixing It

Wendy Webster

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the many people who arrived in Britain from the British Empire—some to serve in the armed forces, others as war workers and wartime propagandists working at the BBC and in British cinema. Mixing between imperial allies produced many close friendships and camaraderie. The British media promoted a vision of an imperial community of allies. But wartime propaganda was potentially undermined by evidence of the practice of colour bars—in the empire and in Britain—and of tensions and antagonisms between imperial allies. Disruption of a publicly disseminated vision of a united empire was kept to a minimum. Colour bars in the empire and at home and antagonism between imperial allies—especially when this involved violence—were under-reported.

Keywords:   Rudolph Dunbar, Colonial Office, BBC, imperial ally, British empire, Learie Constantine, colour bar, discrimination, RAF, Australian

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