Austerity Britain, 1945-1951

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A&C Black, Oct 6, 2008 - History - 704 pages
'Austerity Britain' takes the reader on a journey from 1945 to the general election of 1951, which returned Churchill and the Conservatives to power after six years of a Labour government that transformed the country.
 

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A very well written history of Britain in the immediate post-war years. Kynaston focuses on the social aspects of the time, rather than a sweeping political history, though there is still room for that. Read full review

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Whew! Six weeks and 692 pages after cracking it open, I finally turned the last page in this history of Britain in the years immediately following World War II. The first word that comes to mind is ... Read full review

Contents

Waiting for Something to Happen
5
Broad Vistas and All That
19
Oh Wonderful People of Britain
60
PART
91
Were So Short of Everything
93
Constructively Revolutionary
129
Farewell Squalor
143
Glad to Sit at Home
171
Oh for a Little Extra Butter
296
Jolly Good as a Whole
325
A Decent Way of Life
352
A Negative of Snowflakes
397
Part of the Machinery
405
Stiff and Rigid and Unadaptable
431
Too High a Price
460
Proper Bloody Products
470

PART THREE
183
Christ Its Bleeding Cold
185
Our Prestige at Stake
206
The Whole World Is Full of Permits
222
Aint She Lovely?
242
A Change in the Terms of Struggle
278
SMOKE IN THE VALLEY
287
PART
289
What Do You Say?
291
Andy Is Waving Goodbye
503
The Heaviest Burden
535
A Kind of MeasuringRod
560
Their Own Private Domain
592
That Dump?
619
Afterword
633
Acknowledgements
671
Index
677
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David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written fifteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history, and W.G.'s Birthday Party, an account of the Gentleman vs. the Players at Lord's in July 1898. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.

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