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Austerity in Britain : rationing, controls, and consumption, 1939-1955

Author: Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Austerity in Britain provides an analysis of the entire period of rationing from 1939 to 1955. The author shows how unfairness, especially towards women, finally lost the Labour government the general election in 1951.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
ISBN: 0198204531 9780198204534 9780199251025 0199251029 9786610445127 6610445125
OCLC Number: 43458182
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2001 British Council Prize awarded by the NACBS.
Description: xiii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Administration --
1.1. Food Rationing and Controls, 1939-1955: General Policy --
1.2. Food Ration Levels and Dietary Trends, 1930s-1960s --
1.3. Consumer Goods Rationing and Controls, 1939-1955 --
2. Popular Attitudes --
2.1. Food --
2.2. Clothing and Miscellaneous Consumer Goods --
3. Women --
3.1. Housewifery --
3.2. Motherhood and Child Rearing --
4. The Black Market --
4.1. Food --
4.2. Clothes and Clothing Coupons --
4.3. Cosmetics --
4.4. Petrol and Petrol Coupons --
5. Party Politics --
5.1. The 1945 General Election --
5.2. The Austerity Debates, 1946-1947 --
5.3. The 1950 and 1951 General Elections --
5.4. The End of Austerity and the 1955 General Election --
5.5. Electoral Trends, 1945-1955.
Responsibility: Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska.
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Austerity in Britain is the first book to explore the entire episode of rationing, austerity, and fair shares from 1939 until 1955. These policies were central to the British war effort and to  Read more...


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Winner of the NACBS British Council Prize for the best book of 2000 on any aspect of British studies since 1800 ... It is a superb book. The prose is appropriately austere and economical. The Read more...

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