Propaganda bestsellers: the role of paperbacks in the Second World War

In anticipation of the 2015 London Rare Book School, this blog post by Dr Henry Irving examines the idea behind the Ministry of Information’s Official War Books series. What gives a book popular appeal? This question was raised repeatedly in the Ministry of Information’s Publications Division during 1941. The way that it was answered led to… Continue reading Propaganda bestsellers: the role of paperbacks in the Second World War

World War II began 75 years ago with censorship chaos that echoes down the decades

From time to time members of the School of Advanced Study publish about their research on other websites. This post republishes that work from the original article. Republished from     By Henry Irving, School of Advanced Study (Institute of English Studies) At approximately 1.30 am in the night of September 11 1939 two police… Continue reading World War II began 75 years ago with censorship chaos that echoes down the decades

#PotW: Too Much Information – Being human in a digital age – 15 November

At Senate House, home to the ‘Ministry of Information’ during WWII and inspiration for Orwell’s 1984, we launch the Being Human festival with a day of activities that will inspire debate over our shared future as ‘digital humans’. Based at the Being Human festival hub at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, this day of… Continue reading #PotW: Too Much Information – Being human in a digital age – 15 November

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ at 75

The instruction to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ has become one of the most recognisable slogans in British history. The phrase has reinforced a popular view of life in the Second World War and has been reproduced on everything from champagne flutes to smartphone cases. A window advertisement passed by one of our team on… Continue reading ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ at 75