Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959

Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959

by David Kynaston

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Overview

The late 1950s was an action-packed, often dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain began to take shape. These were the 'never had it so good' years, when the Carry On film series and the TV soap Emergency Ward 10 got going, and films like Room at the Top and plays like A Taste of Honey brought the working class to the centre of the national frame; when the urban skyline began irresistibly to go high-rise; when CND galvanised the progressive middle class; when 'youth' emerged as a cultural force; when the Notting Hill riots made race and immigration an inescapable reality; and when 'meritocracy' became the buzz word of the day. The consequences of this 'modernity' zeitgeist, David Kynaston argues, still affect us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747588931
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written eighteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history, and WG's Birthday Party, an account of the Gentleman v. Players match at Lord's in July 1898. He is the author of Austerity Britain 1945-51 and Family Britain 1951-57, the first two titles in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Opening the Box

Part 1

1 Isn' 'e Smashin'? 5

2 A Lot of Mums 19

3 Never Had It So Good 31

Part 2

4 Catch a Falling Sputnik 61

5 Not a Matter of Popularity 101

6 A Worried Song 112

7 Stone Me 140

8 Get the Nigger 169

9 Parity of Esteem 201

Part 3

10 Unnatural Practices 251

11 Morbid Sentimentality 266

12 A Merry Song of Spring 304

13 We're All Reaching Up 322

14 Beastly Things, Elections 347

Notes 367

Acknowledgements 397

Picture Credits 400

Index 401

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