We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars
Martin Pugh offers a uniquely untraditional view of Britain’s inter-war period; that among the many dramatic social changes taking place, our modern consumer society of dedicated shoppers effectively took shape during the 1930s.
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Really enjoyed Martin Pugh’s social history of Britain between the wars; it covers so much ground, but never in a dull or boring way. This book is totally engaging, with discussions on subjects as diverse as women’s suffrage, mass entertainment, motor transport, monarchy, and immigration, and all of them framed within a political context. It’s a long book – 500 pages – but I can honestly say it doesn’t feel like that, and it never drags. Pugh is a very readable historian, his work here being completely accessible to the general reader, but you never get the feeling that you’ve been short-changed or that he’s ‘dumbed-down’ the academic credibility of the work. My only real criticism is that it felt as though there was slightly more attention paid to the 1930s, as opposed to the 20s, and at times I felt I would have liked more detail on the earlier decade. An excellent read and highly recommended. © Koplowitz 2012
Review: We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the WarsUser Review - Goodreads
A fascinating account of the period between the two world wars, entertaining, well-written and informative. Divided into themed chapters, it is not a text-book as such but still gives a strong impression of the period.
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