Reporting the retreat: war correspondents in Burma [Book review]

Coatney, Caryn (2018) Reporting the retreat: war correspondents in Burma [Book review]. History (Washington): Reviews of New Books, 46 (3). p. 81. ISSN 0361-2759


In the contemporary turn toward war correspondents’ stories, this book sheds light on the debates over the value of journalistic testimony as a historical source. Historian Philip Woods sets out to correct the record and resolve disputes over the role of World War II correspondents in Burma as they reported on the longest retreat in British military history. Delving into the cliché of a forgotten war, Woods explores the correspondents’ involvement in Burma battles in the context of scholarly arguments over propaganda machines. He asserts that the correspondents were not solely mythmakers of escapology, but neither were they entirely immune to the desires to exaggerate and to bolster their careers back home.©

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 04:29
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism; World War II; war correspondents; Burma
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03612759.2018.1436301

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