War Time Britain
The First and Second World Wars shaped Britain in many ways. In these books we can see the effect war had on Britain’s representation of itself as it moved from a green and pleasant land to a defensive front, under attack from land, sea and air.
Typography plays a particularly important role in many war-time publications. The inventive use of different typefaces and layouts created drama and emotions without the need for costly images and photographic reproductions. The distance from reality that text-only covers provide could also be seen as Britain defending its people from the horrors of war.