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Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959 (original 2013; edition 2013)

by David Kynaston (Author)

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Title:Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959
Authors:David Kynaston (Author)
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2013), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
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Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-59 by David Kynaston (2013)



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Kynaston is too gleeful in his approach, and too compassionate in outlook, to be a prig. Yet his books are those of an old-fashioned moralist. He thinks, as Victorian idealists such as George Eliot did, that the purpose of good books is to teach one how to live better. He believes in good and bad, and in the importance of discriminating between them. He respects individuals, and cherishes individuality, but hates the political cult of individualism that licenses egotism, greed and disrespect for the weak. Community life, neighbourliness, modest striving, a sense of life as a mishmash of experiences rather than an ornate tapestry, are upheld by him. He nudges his readers into doing their best.
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Opening the Box is the first half of Modernity Britain, 1957-1959 - the volume covering the whole period from 1957-1962 is now published (September 2015).
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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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The late 1950s and early 1960s were a period in their own right: neither the stultifying 'high' Fifties nor the liberating 'high' Sixties, but instead an action-packed, sometimes dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain started to take shape.… (more)

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