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- DescriptionThis follow-up to Eric Midwinter's very well received Yesterdays: The Way We Were, which has already been reprinted three times, picks up the story in 1939, opening with Chamberlain's declaration of war on September 3rd. It is a fascinating portrait that shows how the direction and character of everyday life was transformed by the dramatic and terrible events of six long years of war. It also shows how the pattern of life formed during the War did not change abruptly in 1945. Rationing and shortages persisted, sometimes more acutely than before, while, because of National Service and the continuing presence of US forces, the country still resembled a uniformed nation at war. At the Festival of Britain in 1951, much of the same spirit was as alive and well as it had been at the Battle of Britain. It was only around 1953 that life began to change - with the consumer boom, the growing use of the car and much more personal freedom. With the New Look, too, femininity returned. The period ended on the ceremonial high note of the coronation of young Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It is the first grand, shared television event, when, suddenly, half the nation is crowded around five million tiny flickering screens. These never-to-be forgotten times are reflected in this wonderful collection of arresting and emotive images.
- Author BiographyEric Midwinter is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Exeter and Chairman of the Community Education Centre, Coventry. From 1980 to 1991 he was a Director of the Centre for Policy on Ageing. Over a long career as a social historian, educationist and social policy analyst, he has played a prominent role in public and voluntary service. Well known as a writer, broadcaster and consumer champion, he has also won critical acclaim as a cricket historian and as an expert on British comedy. The author of more than forty book, he is currently editor of the MCC Yearbook.
- Author(s)Eric Midwinter
- PublisherSouvenir Press Ltd
- Date of Publication20/09/2001
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSouvenir Press Ltd
- Content Note80 b&w photographs
- Width241 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine0 mm
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