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The Arts as a Weapon of War: Britain and the Shaping of National Morale in World War II
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The Arts as a Weapon of War: Britain and the Shaping of National Morale in World War II (Paperback)

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In 1834, Lord Melbourne spoke the words that epitomised the British government's attitude towards its own involvement in the arts: 'God help the minister that meddles with Art'. However, with the outbreak of World War II, that attitude changed dramatically when 'cultural policy' became a key element of the domestic front. Not only a propaganda tool, it aimed to boost morale and prevent a wartime cultural blackout. "The Arts as a Weapon of War" traces the evolution of this policy from the creation of the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, in 1939, to the drafting of the Arts Council's constitution in 1945. From the improvement of the National Gallery to Myra Hess' legendary concerts during the blitz, Jorn Weingartner provides a fascinating account of the powerful policy shift that laid the foundations for the modern relationship between government and the arts.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policies Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 08/06/2012 ISBN-13: 9781780760322  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jorn Weingartner holds a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and is a Senior Officer of the German National Academic Foundation.

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