The following articles have been published today in Reviews in History, the IHR’s e-journal of reviews of historical publications and electronic resources.
Review no. 729
Behind Enemy Lines: Gender, Passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War by Juliette Pattinson (Manchester: MUP, 2007).
Reviewer: Helen Jones (Goldsmiths, University of London).
‘In this meticulously researched and fascinating study Pattinson analyses how ‘ordinary’, law-abiding citizens were transformed into paramilitary secret agents. She examines how those who worked for SOE subsequently reconstructed their wartime experiences of recruitment, training, clandestine work, and – for some – their captivity. Throughout the study, Pattinson emphasises the importance of gender, and of agents’ attempts to ‘pass’ as French citizens.’
Reviewer: Martin Conboy (University of Sheffield).
‘The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive provides a full run of 48 British newspapers from the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. It was funded by a grant of £2m from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from April 2004 to make up to two million pages of the British Library’s newspaper holdings available digitally as a fully searchable database for access by the UK higher education and further education communities, its primary audience. It became available from early 2008 and is commercially distributed by Gale Cengage.’