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Angus Calder called the myth of the blitz--one of which the people improvising bravely and brilliantly fought of the German Luftwaffe The peoples war has become the signifying concept for the Second World War WW During the Luftwaffe or what is more commonly known as The Blitz the bombing of London civilians became combatants on the front line The entire citizenry and resources of the nation were mobilized for a war in which over 67500 civilians were killed When it first gained currency in 1940 the phrase was political and strategic as well as descriptive Probably coined by Tom Wintringham an ex-Communist Spanish Civil War veteran the naming of a peoples war did battle for a peoples peace when shared sacrifice would lead to equality of entitlement However the peoples war was hijacked for cosier purposes propagandizing a war in which everyone was taking it together a unified nation at one in a common purpose The effect of The Blitz was best summarized by an American columnist who wrote Hitler was doing what centuries of English history had not yet accomplished He is breaking down the class structure of England In what is to follow I will reason that the bombing of London had changed British national identity by adopting a modern liberal ideology of citizenship A citizen is a citizen regardless of whatever else he or she might be Therefore all citizens in theory have the same entitlements and obligations Being a good citizen has to do with actively expressing a commitment to the nation by voluntarily fulfilling obligations and willingly contributing to the welfare of the community I will go about this by arguing how the installation of perseverance class equality and introduction of the welfare state were all consequences of The Blitz that changed British identity forever This is reaction contrasts of the reaction following WW 1 in which the inter war years harvested a distaste for and an
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