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History at War: The Campaigns of an Historian

History at War: The Campaigns of an Historian (Paperback)

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History at War is a unique book. It throws light on important unexplored aspects of the pursuit of historical truth. It tells how, alone among historians, Noble Frankland fought in the bomber offensive during the Second World War and then, together with Sir Charles Webster, wrote its official history; how he transformed the Imperial War Museum from a dying institution into one of the world's leading historical centres for the study of the conflicts of the 20th century; how he played a major part in television documentary productions, including in particular The World at War; and how he wrote a series of original, rigorously researched historical works. In History at War he describes the battles he had to fight against the mandarins and media merchants who sought to impose a spin on history to suit their own ends, and were ruthless and unscrupulous in their methods. Its meticulous documentation gives a guarantee of authenticity to his staggering account of how those in high places tried to distort history, which might otherwise seem scarcely credible. The revelations about 'Bomber' Harris' relations with his superior, Lord Portal, during the war and their joint opposition to the two authors' account of the strategic air offensive, still a highly topical issue, will set alight a new debate among military and other historians. Unlike most books on the theory and practice of history, it does not confine itself to what can be written on the page. It also covers Dr Frankland's experience of demonstrating history in museum galleries, on the television screen, on sites such as Duxford Airfield near Cambridge, and on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London. The problem for historians of publishing a full and unbiased account and analysis of controversial events and episodes in politics and international affairs is as acute in the 1990s as it ever has been. All readers with a concern for the truth will learn much about such issues from this unflinching and penetrating book

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistoriographyHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary Studies Publisher: Giles de la Mare Publishers Publication Date: 14/09/1998 ISBN-13: 9781900357104  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Noble Frankland served in the RAF from 1941 to 1945, becoming a navigator in Bomber Command for the last two years of his service, and was awarded the DFC. After four years in the Air Historical Branch of the Air Ministry (1948-51), he became Official Military Historian to the Cabinet Office (1951-8), and co-author with Sir Charles Webster of the official history of the strategic air offensive, which was published in four volumes in 1961. He was Director of the Imperial War Museum from 1960 to 1982, and historical advisor to the Thames Television series, The World at War (1971-4). His other publications include The Bombing Offensive against Germany: Outlines and Perspectives (1965), Bomber Offensive: the Devastation of Europe (1970), The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War (joint editor, 8 vols. 1974-8), Encyclopedia of 20th Century Warfare (general editor, 1989), Nicholas II: Crown of Tragedy (1960), Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1980), and Witness of a Century: the Life and Times of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught (1993).

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