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The Second World War had a devastating impact on the lives of millions. For those at home, news of their loved ones brought both excitement but also much worry. News of loved ones’ deaths had a devastating impact on those who stayed at home, and the war’s impact on people’s views of death is a sombre but interesting point of focus.
In this fascinating talk, Professor Lucy Noakes will consider the ways in which the multiple demands of war shaped not only how people died, but how the bereaved mourned. She will also discuss how the state tried to manage the deaths of thousands, and how the bereaved attempted to live with their loss.
Lucy Noakes is Professor of Modern History at the University of Essex. She is a social and cultural historian whose work focuses on the experience and memory of war in 20th-century Britain.