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The Thirties: An Intimate History of Britain

The Thirties: An Intimate History of Britain
Item# 9780007314539

Product Description

Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Juliet Gardiner

Juliet Gardiner, acclaimed author of the award-winning ′Wartime′, provides a fresh perspective on that restless, uncertain, ambitious decade, bringing the complex experience of thirties Britain alive through newspapers, magazines, memoirs, letters, diaries and interviews.

Gardiner captures the essence of a people part-mesmerised by ′modernism′ in architecture, art, in the proliferation of ′dream palaces′, the insistence on fitness and fresh air, the obsession with speed, the growth and regimentation of leisure, the democratisation of the countryside, the celebration of elegance, glamour and sensation. Yet, at the same time, this was a nation imbued with a pervasive awareness of loss - of Britain′s influence in the world, of accepted political, social and cultural signposts and finally, of peace itself. (pb)