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Histories of the Unexpected: World War II

Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before.

Traditionally, World War II has been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, battles, bombs and bravery all have a fascinating history… but so too do handkerchiefs, furniture, Mozart, insects, blood, mothers, suicide, darkness, cancer and puppets!

Each of these subjects is equally fascinating in its own right, and each sheds new light on the traditional subjects and themes that we think we know so well.

Histories of the Unexpected: The Second World War

At Histories of the Unexpected, we believe that everything has a history – even the most unexpected of subjects – and that everything links together in unexpected ways.

We believe that the history of the itch, the history of crawling, the history of clouds, or of lightning or of zombies or zebras or holes or perfume or rubbish or mustard – all have fascinating histories of their own.

Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the everyday world around us as never before.