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Primary sources for dissertation on WWII and British Historiography

Dr. Kit Kowol, who teaches the module ‘The Never Ending War: Britain and the Second World War, 1939-2019’, has a student, Lewis Hickmott, who is in need of help


Lewis is working on the way in which the Empire’s contribution to the war effort was described in books on British history written in the post-war period. He had hoped to get these from the British Library but, for obvious reasons, can’t go there…

If anyone has any of the following works and might be able to scan some relevant pages we would be incredibly grateful.

You can contact Lewis by email – or on twitter @IncognitoWizard

Many thanks in advance!

The books Lewis is after are:


  • Arthur Bryant, A History of the Britain and the British People Vol III The Search for Justice (London, 1990)
  • Arthur Bryant, English Saga (1940)
  • Arthur Bryant, The Battle of Britain: The Few (1944)
  • Arthur Marwick, Britain in the Century of Total War (Harmondsworth, 1970)
  • A.J.P. Taylor, The Second World War, (1974)
  • Basil Collier, The Defence of the United Kingdom (1962, Official history)
  • Basil Collier, The War in the Far East 1941–1945 (1969)
  • Correlli Barnett, Britain and Her Army, 1509–1970 (Allen Lane, 1970)
  • John Frederick Charles Fuller, The Second World War, 1939-1945: A Strategical and Tactical History (London, 1948)
  • William R. Lewis, Imperialism at Bay, 1941–1945 (Oxford, 1977)
  • Max Beloff, Wars and Welfare: Britain 1914-1945 (London, 1984)
  • Stanley Woodburn Kirby, India’s War Against Japan (1957)
  • William Roger Lewis, “The Road to the Fall of Singapore, 1942: British Imperialism in East Asia in the 1930s” (The Fascist Challenge and the Policy of Appeasement, 1983)
  • H. E. Marshall, Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls


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Kit  Kowol

Kit Kowol

Early Career Development Fellow in Modern British History