Britain in the Depression: Society and Politics, 1929-39

Britain in the Depression: Society and Politics, 1929-39


By (author) John Stevenson, By (author) Chris Cook


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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 21 November 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582229413
  • ISBN 13: 9780582229419
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The 1930s - remembered as the decade of dole queues and hunger marches, mass unemployment, the means test, and the rise of fascism - also saw the development of new industries, the growth of comfortable suburbia, and rising standards of living for many. The authors look behind the legends for an objective - and timely - reassessment, as Britain again struggles with the economic and spiritual ills of recession, depression and unemployment.

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'One of the most relentlessly brilliant studies of twentieth-century Britain yet publishedxxx; these young historians have found a marvellous theme and stuck to it. Theirs is the glory! History

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction to the new edition. 1. Myth and reality: Britain in the 1930s. 2. The dawn of affluence. 3. The hungry thirties. 4. The problem of unemployment. 5. The impact of unemployment. 6. The General Election of 1931. 7. Politics and the people, 1931-5. 8. The Communist Party. 9. The National Unemployed Worker's Movement. 10. Hunger marches and demonstrations. 11. The Fascist challenge. 12. The government and public order. 13. The General Election of 1935. 14. The revolution that never was. Statistical Appendix. Bibliography. Index.