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Austerity in Britain

Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955

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Austerity in Britain by Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
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Austerity in Britain is the first book to explore the entire episode of rationing, austerity, and fair shares from 1939 until 1955. These policies were central to the British war effort and to post-war reconstruction. The book analyses the connections between government policy, consumption, gender, and party politics during and after the Second World War. The economic background to austerity, the policy's administration, and changes in consumption standards are examined. Rationing resulted in at times extensive black markets and popular attitudes to the policy ranged from wartime acquiescence to post-war discontent. Austerity in Britain qualifies the myth of common sacrifice on the home front and highlights the limitations of the fair-shares policy which failed to achieve genuine equality between the classes or between men and women. The continuation of rationing and austerity policies after 1945 was central to party politics. Disaffecton, particulary among women, undermined Labour's popularity while the Conservatives' critique of austerity was instrumental in the party's victories at the general elections of 1951 and 1955.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
numerous figures and tables
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
300
Dimensions
156x234x17
ISBN-13
9780199251025
Product ID
2248290

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