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War, Journalism and History

War Correspondents in the Two World Wars- With a foreword by Phillip Knightley

Edited By Yvonne McEwen and Fiona A. Fisken

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.


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It is deeply regretted that Professor Jim McMillan, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars, The University of Edinburgh, did not live to see the completion of this book. After a long but determined struggle with cancer he died on 22 February 2010. I am indebted to him for the encouragement he gave me when I first raised the idea of a conference and book examining the work of war corresponding in the two World Wars. I am extremely grateful to all the contributors for their excellent sub- missions and the patience they have shown for the time it has taken for the book to come to fruition. However, I am more than delighted that national and international friendships have been established as a consequence of our collaborative ef forts in producing this book on war correspondents. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Luard family for granting me permission to quote from the personal papers of E. K. Luard. A very big debt of thanks goes to Professor Douglas Cairns who at the time of commissioning this book was Head of School at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh. His professional support and mentoring were invaluable to me and to the successful outcome of the war-correspondents’ project. Thanks also to my Centre colleagues, Pauline McLean, Paul Addison, Jeremy Crang and David Staf ford, who gave me great support, advice and encouragement. The acknowledgments would be incomplete...

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