Britain After Empire: Constructing a Post-War Political-Cultural Project P. W. Preston

ISBN: 9781137023827

Published: January 22nd 2014

Hardcover

288 pages


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Britain After Empire: Constructing a Post-War Political-Cultural Project  by  P. W. Preston

Britain After Empire: Constructing a Post-War Political-Cultural Project by P. W. Preston
January 22nd 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781137023827 | 4.11 Mb

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, howMoreTracking 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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