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George Orwell Versus Vera Brittain: Obliteration Bombing and the Tolerance in Wartime of Dissent in Weekly Political Publications

Luckhurst, Tim (2017) George Orwell Versus Vera Brittain: Obliteration Bombing and the Tolerance in Wartime of Dissent in Weekly Political Publications. George Orwell Studies, 2 (1). ISSN 2399-1267.

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Abstract

In the summer of 1944, George Orwell used his column in Tribune to launch a ferocious assault on arguments advanced by the peace campaigner Vera Brittain in her pamphlet Seed of Chaos, published that year by the Bombing Restriction Committee. By doing so, Orwell raised publicly a topic the wartime coalition sought anxiously to conceal from the public – the deliberate killing of German civilians in RAF bombardment of German cities – and he took advantage of the government's preparedness to tolerate controversy in weekly political publications which it worked carefully to exclude from mass market newspapers and BBC broadcasts. The controversy serves as an excellent example of the way in which weekly political publications were used to burnish Britain's democratic credentials in wartime. It also annoyed Vera Brittain so greatly that she would lie about it after Orwell died.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: ISBN: 9781845497170
Uncontrolled keywords: George Orwell, Vera Brittain, area bombing, newspapers, Second World War
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Tim Luckhurst
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 10:25 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63230 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Luckhurst, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1478-7273
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