As it faced imminent Nazi invasion , Britain needed heroes. The RAF provided one ready made: a fighter pilot with no legs.
The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.
PODCAST: The fourth part of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how the world has recovered from past crises examines the aftermath of the second world war in the UK.
In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
US correspondents in Britain played a big part in convincing the American public to support the British war effort.
There is a case to be made for a new Commonwealth agency to lead the recovery effort, built on the model of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction after the second world war.
From Brexit to coroanvirus, Britain keeps looking to the second world war and its spirit as a way to get through. However, the ideas of the period are not so close to the truth.
It may not have been Britain's finest hour, but was it Fleet Street's?
When two of Britain's most influential voices clashed over allied bombing of Germany, Orwell took an unusual line.
The culture of remembrance in Germany is viewed by many as exemplary. But it has some grave shortcomings.
Food is essential to survival. It is also essential to identity. During times of national crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and in the historical landscape, food issues become prominent.
There's a widening split over rival interpretations of the end of the second world war and its aftermath.
Just like now, Britain's war effort depended on the sacrifice of migrants and minorities. But this was soon forgotten.
It was a great celebration, but not everyone was jubilant.
Britain's newspaper's reported some wild scenes as the nation celebrated, but none wilder than in the Daily Mirror's cartoon strip.
Reflecting on the wartime treatment of two Japanese Australians (or Nikkei) raises the spectre of our racist past - and can prompt us to consider the vulnerabilities of Asian Australians today.
War movies are an enduring genre, making hundreds of millions at the box office. With Anzac Day approaching, we ask: does Hollywood go too far in obscuring the true horrors of battle?
Now that we know what essential work is, it seems the perfect time to reflect upon the not-so-essential work of celebrities.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, or 'Yom HaShoah,' a music scholar recollects how composer Istvan Anhalt's experiences in Nazi-occupied Hungary informed his later life and music in Canada.
Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.