Men at War: Loving, Lusting, Fighting, Remembering 1939-1945

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Men at War: Loving, Lusting, Fighting, Remembering 1939-1945

Men at War: Loving, Lusting, Fighting, Remembering 1939-1945

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Was left with a strong desire to seek out more history books that come at their subject with an unconventional angle as some of the uncovered material humanises and brings to life its subjects in a really startling way. As an adult historian of war and queerness, I came to understand better the tension between popular war narratives and the ones I sensed below the surface as a teenager: they tell seemingly contradictory stories about what it means to be a man. The self absorption has been replaced by healthy reflection, and there's a generosity towards the people who might sneer at his alleged sullying of their precious myth of British masculinity forged in the cauldron of war.

Engaging, with remarkable insights into aspects of WWII which I hadn't seen explored in print before. In Men at War, Turner looks beyond the increasingly retrogressive and jingoistic ideal of a Britain that never was to recognise men of war as creatures of love, fear, hope and desire. With rare exceptions such as bank holidays, the book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7. With Turing, what began in the 1970s as activist attempts to reclaim queer figures in British history has, in recent years, been taken over by governmental use of his image in sanitised attempts to address historical wrongdoings against queer people.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. A discussion of acceptance that transcends war and should make us think about society moving forward and what we want it to be. This seemingly uncomfortable fit is heightened by the emergence of lad culture in the 90s and an increasingly jingoistic exhumation of the fallen soldiers for nationalistic and increasingly far-right causes. This certainly confirms his knowledge of the period and gives some historical colour and substance but if, like me, you aren't really interested in the engineering then it can be a bit of a struggle at times.

More immediately, I was aware that the allure these characters had for many of the men in my life was due to the fact that they weren’t allowed to transgress the bounds of heterosexuality.A book that asks questions and starts you thinking about people involved in war in a way I had never before. He refuses their dismissal from memory and offers their testimonies as evidence that many were true innocents abroad. I have to admit I'm a fan of this style of social history and the unapologetic rewriting of History with a capitol H. Now, as an adult who has come to terms with a masculine identity and sexuality that is often erased from dominant military narratives, he undertakes a refreshingly honest analysis of his fascination with the war. My fascination with uncontroversial classics – The Great Escape, Band of Brothers, Master and Commander – began to feel illicit, itchy, for reasons that seemed far less noble than my emerging anti-war politics.

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