Problems of Social Policy and Coal and Statistical Digest of the War
By Richard M. Titmuss and W. H. B. Court
H.M.S.O. and Longmans and British Information Services and H.M.S.O. and Longmans and British Information Services and H.M.S.O. and Longmans and British Information Services, 1950, 596422247 pp.
Three new volumes of the important and officially sponsored "History of the Second World War, United Kingdom Civil Series" (the first volume, "British War Economy," was reviewed here in January 1950). Having full access to an enormous quantity of government documents, Mr. Titmuss has selected three leading topics to illustrate the human and social problems faced in the war--the evacuation of mothers and children, the work of the hospital services, and the social consequences of air attack. The book makes a valuable case study for current civil defense efforts. Mr. Court has written an interesting and authoritative account of the part played by the coal industry in Britain's war effort and of the war's impact on that industry. The Statistical Digest was designed "to collate in convenient form statistics on subjects which were of major importance socially, economically or strategically during the war." It is an exceedingly useful reference work.