McEwen, Yvonne T. / Fisken, Fiona A. (eds.)
War, Journalism and History
War Correspondents in the Two World Wars
With a foreword by Phillip Knightley
Year of Publication: 2012
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XVI, 215 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0789-5 pb. (Softcover)
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War, Journalism and History is the first published work to examine an eclectic mix of correspondents during the two world wars who were prepared, often at great personal cost, to inform the public about the obscenity of warfare. Throughout both world wars the lack of credible information being dispatched from fighting fronts to the home front led to the creation of an information vacuum. The void was filled by war correspondents: the heroes, sometimes anti-heroes, of news reporting. This edited volume examines the lives and works of maverick war correspondents such as Richard Dimbleby, Vasilii Grossman, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Albert Londres, Vera Brittain, and others who, whether through the use of pen or camera, typewriter or radio, tried to secure the integrity of wartime reporting and accurately record history in the making.
Contents: Phillip Knightley: Foreword - Yvonne McEwen: Introduction - Stephen Badsey: J. B. McDowell and British Official Filming on the Western Front 1916-1918 - Jenny Macleod: Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, War Correspondence and the First World War - Tom Quinn: Dipping the Pen into the Wound: Albert Londres - French War Correspondent - Yvonne McEwen: Behind and Between the Lines: The War Diary of Evelyn Kate Luard, Nursing Sister on the Western Front and Unofficial Correspondent - Patrick S. Washburn: George Padmore of the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender: A Decidedly Different World War II Correspondent - Steven M. Miner: 'We Must Never Make Peace with Evil': Vasilii Grossman and a Writer's Conscience in a War of Totalitarians - Phylomena H. Badsey: Vera Brittain: War Reporter 1939 - 1945 - Brian P. D. Hannon: Richard Dimbleby: The BBC's Original War Reporter - Jill Stephenson: Shooting the War: Hans Ertl, Film Cameraman, and German Newsreels during the Second World War.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Yvonne T. McEwen is an Honorary Fellow at The Centre for The Study of The Two World Wars, The University of Edinburgh, and is the Official Historian of The British Army Nursing Service. She has published on Ireland's contribution to the two world wars, and military nursing in the First World War. She has reported on the health and social effects of conflicts for British newspapers.
Fiona A. Fisken has a degree in Biological Sciences, and trained as a sub-editor at Blackwell Scientific Publications. Over the past twenty-six years she has gained extensive experience in publishing, but primarily specialises in books on animal conservation and behaviour. Since 2003, she has been Managing Editor of International Zoo Yearbook.