Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955

Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955

by 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 post-war reconstruction. The book analyzes the connections between government policy, consumption, gender, and party politics during and after the Second World War. It qualifies the myth of common sacrifice on the home front and highlights the limitations of the fairshares policy which failed to achieve genuine equality between classes or between men and women. The continuation of rationing and austerity policies after 1945 was central to party politics. Disaffection, particularly among women, undermined Labour's popularity while the Conservatives' critique of austerity was instrumental to the party's victories at the general elections of 1951 and 1955.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199251025
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/23/2002
Series: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Administration
2. Popular Attitudes
3. Women
4. The Black Market
5. Party Politics

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