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Author Preston, P. W. (Peter Wallace), 1949- author
Title Britain after empire : constructing a post-war political-cultural project / P. W. Preston
Imprint [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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After the Empire -- Foundation Myths -- Grand Designs -- Making Enemies -- Voices of Complaint -- Patrician Retreat -- Affluence Attained -- Corporate World -- Bullshit Industries -- Familiar Utopias -- Continuing Britain
Tracking the intermingled intellectual and moral response of elites and masses to the loss of empire in the years following the end of the Second World War, this book explores how the elite in Britain sought to fashion a new identity for itself, how this was promulgated amongst the wider population and how ordinary people responded. These responses can be uncovered in elite designs including policies, plans, declarations; high art such as novels, theatre, fine arts and art-house films as well as through the medium of popular culture like radio, film, television, newspapers and magazines. These layers of meanings can be found in the slow development of the public sphere, as events produced reactions that laid down ideas that run into the present. The collective upshot has been the creation of a shifting, contested and finally unsustainable idea of what it is to be 'British'
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Subject Since 1945 fast
Elite (Social sciences) -- Great Britain
Nationalism -- Great Britain
British & Irish history -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- United Kingdom, Great Britain bicssc
Cultural studies -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- United Kingdom, Great Britain bicssc
Elite (Social sciences) fast (OCoLC)fst00908113
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain bisacsh
History eflch
Intellectual life. fast (OCoLC)fst00975769
Manners and customs. fast (OCoLC)fst01007815
Nationalism. fast (OCoLC)fst01033832
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000 -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- United Kingdom, Great Britain bicssc
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 1945-
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 1945-
Great Britain. fast (OCoLC)fst01204623
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