WORLD WAR TWO A PEOPLE'S WAR?/CENSORSHIP OVERRULED: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF 1918
WORLD WAR TWO A PEOPLE'S WAR?
In World War Two: a peoples' war retired local government lawyer John Ellison interrogates diverse accounts to bring out the inadequacies in various mainstream historical narratives, in which imperial and anti-communist motives underlying war policies of French and British governments lie mainly hidden.
He asks the question: ‘How much was the war fought for the interests of the ruling elites of the Western Allied Powers against the expansionist ambitions of Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and militarist Japan; and how much of it was fought for the benefit of the mass of the peoples threatened by that aggression and by the military occupations that went with it?’
With the same forensic skill which he brought to his earlier Censsorship overuled: an alternative history of 1918 John Ellison celebrates the anti-fascist figures who stand in for the millions committed to the struggle to radical post-war change. This study highlights India's independence struggleand suggest the continuities with today’s dangerous return of war in Europe.
CENSORSHIP OVERRULED: AND ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF 1918
November 1918 brought imperial Germany’s defeat, accelerated by uprisings, while Allied rulers, whose own empires grew larger with victory, were bent on revenge. But as the year began, discontent over food shortages and prices in Britain was magnified by calls for peace, stimulated by Russia’s socialist revolution, which the Lloyd George government was already seeking to reverse.
With a close look at the Establishment, popular and anti-war press, John Ellison re-visits this year of change, in which war resisters and the rising socialist movement stood proud.
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