Christmas: A History

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This book provides an original perspective on the West's most enduring social and cultural institution. The author covers all the vital themes contributing to the modern Christmas: its Anglo-German origins and the idea of the bourgeois Christmas expressing family virtues; the need for a touchstone with the past in an age of rapid expansion and thus the myth of Merrie England; the revival of English music: in short, all the elements making up the modern Christmas.

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Overview

This book provides an original perspective on the West's most enduring social and cultural institution. The author covers all the vital themes contributing to the modern Christmas: its Anglo-German origins and the idea of the bourgeois Christmas expressing family virtues; the need for a touchstone with the past in an age of rapid expansion and thus the myth of Merrie England; the revival of English music: in short, all the elements making up the modern Christmas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780763613
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 932,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Connelly is Reuters Lecturer in Media and Propaganda History at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• The Englishness of Christmas
• John Bull and the Christmas Pantomime
• The Christmas Carol Revival and the English Musical Renaissance
• Christmas in the British Empire
• The BBC and the Broadcasting of the English Christmas
• Cinema and Representations of the English Christmas
• The English Christmas and the Growth of a Shopping Culture
• Epilogue: The English Christmas from 1953 to the Present Day
• Conclusion
• Appendix
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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