Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk, is making quite a splash as an unusually serious “summer movie.” Many commentators, especially in the UK, are finding it useful to compare those events and that spirit to the contemporary Brexit controversy, as witnessed in this harvest from Google.
Washington and Lee researchers have the ability to look at contemporary accounts of Dunkirk through a number of resources, perhaps most importantly through the coverage of that preeminent British newspaper, The Times, via the University Library’s subscription to the Times Digital Archive.
Current W&L students, faculty, and staff may utilize the database’s “Browse by Date” option to examine individual issues of the newspaper from during the height of the 1940 Dunkirk crisis, 27 May – 5 June. Of course, it also is possible to search for the word Dunkirk, but that is likely to miss quite a few germane articles, such as this one from 1 June 1940.
Despite the dramatic events happening just off the English Channel shore, a modern researcher cannot help but notice that other aspects of life in 1940 England are continuing as before. For example, as one can read, in the midst of the Dunkirk fighting and rescue, over 30,000 were in attendance in London to see West Ham defeat Fulham 4-3 in a football/soccer match leading up what was billed as the “Football League War Cup Final.”
Other contemporary accounts from British and American newspapers are available to W&L researchers from the University Library’s Newspapers and Magazine Databases collection. If you have questions, please feel free to contract Dick Grefe, Senior Reference Librarian.