The Arts as a Weapon of War

Britain and the Shaping of National Morale in World War II

by: Jorn Weingartner

The Arts as a Weapon of War
Author: Jorn Weingartner

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

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Publication date: 01 June 2012

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ISBN: 1780760329 ISBN 13: 9781780760322

The Arts as a Weapon of War by Jorn Weingartner

In 1834, Lord Melbourne spoke the words that epitomised the British government's attitude towards its own involvement in the arts: 'God help the minister that meddles with Art'. In this book, the author provides an account of the powerful policy shift that laid the foundations for the modern relationship between government and the arts. Top page

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In 1834, Lord Melbourne spoke the words that epitomised the British government's attitude towards its own involvement in the arts: 'God help the minister that meddles with Art'. However, with the outbreak of World War II, that attitude changed dramatically when 'cultural policy' became a key element of the domestic front. Not only a propaganda tool, it aimed to boost morale and prevent a wartime cultural blackout. "The Arts as a Weapon of War" traces the evolution of this policy from the creation of the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, in 1939, to the drafting of the Arts Council's constitution in 1945. From the improvement of the National Gallery to Myra Hess' legendary concerts during the blitz, Jorn Weingartner provides a fascinating account of the powerful policy shift that laid the foundations for the modern relationship between government and the arts. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: I.B.Tauris

City: London

Pages: 248

More info: height 216 mm width 134 mm weight 318 gr thickness 20 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC21) 700.94109044 Library of Congress Subject: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain

Departments: The arts: general issues; Central government policies; Warfare & defence;

Record updated at: 30 September, 2014 time: 13:29


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