Prospect and Reality: Great Britain, 1945-1955

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The decade that followed the Second World War was among the most revolutionary that British Society has ever known. It opened with a Labour Government committed to radical reform, their majority so formidable that even their most sanguine opponents spoke darkly of twenty years of socialist rule. It ended with the Tories again in power. In between the Welfare State was founded; India was liberated. Allies became enemies and the Cold War set in. The bleak winters of 1946 and 1947 imposed harsh privations upon a weary people; then "Oklahoma" and the Festival of Britain, "Mrs Dale's Diary" and the New Look, brought some lightness into the encircling gloom. The death of King George VI ushered in a new reign and a new age; the decade ended with television sweeping all before it as the supreme force of popular entertainment; the day of the supermarket and superMac was just around the corner. Tom Howarth paints his vast canvas with extraordinary lucidity and a sharp wit. Master of the telling detail, he never loses sight of the broad march of history; impressionistic, he is never imprecise. While he often points a moral to adorn his tale, he avoids sterile polemic. His book will inform the young and vividly remind their elders of what they endured and enjoyed thirty to forty years ago.

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