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Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-59 (2013)
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The late 1950s and early 1960s were a period in their own right-neither the stultifying early to mid fifties nor the liberating mid to late sixties- and an action-packed, dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain started to take shape.These were the "never had it so good years" in which mass affluence began to change, fundamentally, the tastes and even the character of the working class; when films like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and TV soaps like Coronation Street and Z Cars at last brought that class to the center of the national frame; when Britain gave up its Empire; when economic decline relative to France and Germany became the staple of political discourse; when CND galvanized the protesting instincts of the progressive middle class; when "youth" emerged as a fully fledged cultural force; when the Notting Hill riots made race and immigration an inescapable reality; when a new breed of meritocrats came through; and when the Lady Chatterley trial, followed by the Profumo scandal, at last signaled the end of Victorian morality.David Kynaston argues that a deep and irresistible modernity zeitgeist was at work, in these and many other ways, and he reveals as never before how that spirit of the age unfolded, with consequences that still affect us today.
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