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We danced all night : a social history of Britain between the wars

Author: Martin Pugh
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2009.
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Here, the author shows how the British people reacted to the privations of wartime by indulging in leisure and entertainment activities of all kinds from dancing and cinema to smoking, football pools and paid holidays. He also explodes the myths of a nation of unwed women.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Pugh
ISBN: 9781844139231 1844139239
OCLC Number: 319210930
Description: xii, 495 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. 'Will never really came home': The Impact of the Great War --
2. 'A Babylonian touch': British Food Between the Wars --
3. 'Mr Can and Mr Can't': Health and Medicine --
4. 'Where the air's like wine': The Origins of the Property-Owning Democracy --
5. Wigan Pier Revisited: Work, Unemployment and Class Conflict --
6. Screwneck Webb and Jimmy Spinks: Crime, Violence and the Police --
7. 'The Best Job of All': Marriage and Divorce --
8. 'Abnormalities of the brain': Sex, Sexuality and Gender Confusion --
9. 'Keep Young and Beautiful': Women, Domesticity and Feminism --
10. 'The mills were our destiny': Childhood, Youth and Education --
11. 'Reminiscent of Negro orgies': Leisure Between the Wars --
12. Yellow Earl and Silver Ghost: Motoring and Interwar Society --
13. 'Cider With Rosie': The Countryside Between the Wars --
14. 'Six penn'orth of hope': Sport and Gambling --
15. 'Wings over Everest': The Romance and the Menace of Aviation --
16. 'A talent to amuse': British Cultural Life --
17. 'Brideshead Revisited': The Decline of the Aristocracy --
18. 'Everybody calls him Bertie': The Monarchy and the British People --
19. A Stone's Throw to Australia': Patriotism, Race and Empire --
20. 'No longer part of England': Regions and Nations in Interwar Britain --
21. 'Ask Your Father': From War to War. 1. 'Will never really came home': The Impact of the Great War --
2. 'A Babylonian touch': British Food Between the Wars --
3. 'Mr Can and Mr Can't': Health and Medicine --
4. 'Where the air's like wine': The Origins of the Property-Owning Democracy --
5. Wigan Pier Revisited: Work, Unemployment and Class Conflict --
6. Screwneck Webb and Jimmy Spinks: Crime, Violence and the Police --
7. 'The Best Job of All': Marriage and Divorce --
8. 'Abnormalities of the brain': Sex, Sexuality and Gender Confusion --
9. 'Keep Young and Beautiful': Women, Domesticity and Feminism --
10. 'The mills were our destiny': Childhood, Youth and Education --
11. 'Reminiscent of Negro orgies': Leisure Between the Wars --
12. Yellow Earl and Silver Ghost: Motoring and Interwar Society --
13. 'Cider With Rosie': The Countryside Between the Wars --
14. 'Six penn'orth of hope': Sport and Gambling --
15. 'Wings over Everest': The Romance and the Menace of Aviation --
16. 'A talent to amuse': British Cultural Life --
17. 'Brideshead Revisited': The Decline of the Aristocracy --
18. 'Everybody calls him Bertie': The Monarchy and the British People --
19. A Stone's Throw to Australia': Patriotism, Race and Empire --
20. 'No longer part of England': Regions and Nations in Interwar Britain --
21. 'Ask Your Father': From War to War.
Responsibility: by Martin Pugh.

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Bounded by the Great War on one side and by the looming shadow of the Second World War on the other, the inter-war period has characteristically been portrayed as a time of great and unrelenting  Read more...

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"Skilfully evoked, vividly captured social history" * Metro * "Pugh is one of the most well-respected, diligent and honest scholars working in British history today. This book deserves to be read" -- Read more...

 
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