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London calling Italy

BBC broadcasts during the Second World War

By Ester Lo Biundo

London calling Italy
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6481-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, History & Archaeology, HISTORY / Military / World War II, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / History & Criticism, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Second World War, The arts / Radio
  • Series: Studies in Popular Culture

Description

'London Calling Italy offers an expertly researched, thought-provoking analysis of BBC propaganda for Italy during the Second World War, exploring how programmes were put together and what listeners made of them. It will surely become the key work on this topic.'

Simon Potter, Professor of Modern History at the University of Bristol

London calling Italy is a book about Radio Londra, as the BBC Italian Service was known in Italy, and the company's development as a global leader in the broadcasting industry, starting from the Second World War. Drawing on unexplored archive material collected in Italy and the United Kingdom, it aims to understand how the BBC programmes engaged with ordinary Italians, while concurrently conducting political warfare against fascist Italy. The book also focuses on the relationship between the BBC Italian anti-fascist broadcasters, the British Foreign Office, and Labour Party. Key sources analysed in the book are, among others, the Foreign Office's records, the programmes broadcast by the BBC Italian Service during the Allied campaign, the memoirs of Italian anti-fascist broadcasters, the BBC surveys on the audience and the letters sent by listeners of the Italian Service.

Reviews

'London Calling Italy offers an expertly researched, thought-provoking analysis of BBC propaganda for Italy during the Second World War, exploring how programmes were put together and what listeners made of them. It will surely become the key work on this topic.'
Simon Potter, Professor of Modern History at the University of Bristol

Contents

Introduction: why Radio London?
1 Radio at war
2 The Italian Service
3 Exiles: biographies, memories and experiences of the Italian anti-fascist broadcasters
4 The Italian broadcasters and the British Foreign Office
5 The enemy: Ente Italiano per le Audizioni Radiofoniche (EIAR)
6 Occupation/Liberation
7 Who tuned in to the BBC? The Italian Service: its target audiences and listeners
Conclusion: Radio Londra between myth and reality

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Author

Ester Lo Biundo is a transnational modern historian, specialised in media history, popular culture and public engagement

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