Britain in the 1920s

Britain in the 1920s

by Fiona McDonald




The war was over, new technologies and fashions were springing up; it was to be the beginning of a new and prosperous era and all was to be bright and joyous in Britain again.

In many ways it was: women were granted new freedoms and rights, motorcars became more accessible and houses were filled with electric gadgets.

But that was only one side of the story. High unemployment led to extreme poverty, workers were badly done by and inflation was high.

However, there was a cure for all: jazz, that new upbeat music from across the Atlantic with its infectious rhythms and sensuous tones. Jazz took Britain by the hand and swung it well and truly into the twentieth century.

This book explores many different aspects of an amazing decade through its highs and lows; from innovations in swimwear to the invention of Winnie-the-Pooh, from the Great Strike of ’26 to the Wall Street crash of ’29 and the beginning of the Great Depression. Whether your interests are in fashion or politics there is something of interest for everyone in this accessible and entertaining work on all things related to Britain in the 1920s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844681174
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 01/19/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Timeline vii

Introduction x

Part 1 Society

Chapter 1 A Woman's Lot 1

Chapter 2 Fashion 20

Chapter 3 Dancing 45

Chapter 4 Social Etiquette 52

Chapter 5 Men 59

Chapter 6 Children 70

Chapter 7 Education 102

Chapter 8 Food and Drink 111

Chapter 9 Sport 123

Chapter 10 Domestic Bliss 138

Part 2 Politics

Chapter 11 The World Stage 157

Chapter 12 Politics at Home 172

Part 3 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Chapter 13 Out and About 190

Part 4 Culture

Chapter 14 All That Jazz 214

Chapter 15 The Classics 220

Chapter 16 The Flicks 232

Chapter 17 The Literary Scene 251

Chapter 18 Art and Design 272

In Conclusion 289

Bibliography 290

Index 293

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