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The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Exhibition of Britain, Representing Britain in the Post-War World
     

The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Exhibition of Britain, Representing Britain in the Post-War World

by Becky E. Conekin
 

This exceptional book is the first full-length study on the 1951 Festival of Britain. As a consciously constructed cultural and educational event, or rather series of events, the Festival provides an opportunity to see a society and a government struggling to recast national identity after the experience of World War II. Primarily an examination of how Britain and

Overview

This exceptional book is the first full-length study on the 1951 Festival of Britain. As a consciously constructed cultural and educational event, or rather series of events, the Festival provides an opportunity to see a society and a government struggling to recast national identity after the experience of World War II. Primarily an examination of how Britain and Britishness were portrayed in the 1951 Festival’s exhibitions and events, Becky E. Conekin considers the Festival’s history and historiography, its purpose, its representations of the future and the past, the role of London and the "local", the British Empire and finally its legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719060595
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Design Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Becky E. Conekin is Research Fellow and Lecturer, London College of Fashion, The London Institute.

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