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1919 - A Land Fit for Heroes

Britain at Peace

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Often regarded as just a footnote to the Great War, 1919 is largely ignored in our haste to enter the dizzy world of the roaring twenties. But it was a year of real significance and change. Many who had been employed in factories and offices found their jobs had been taken on by women for lower rates of pay, and wealthy aristocrats found servants were in short supply. Worse, a new class of men who had made their fortunes during the war was frequenting the grandest hotels. Increased taxation, lack of housing, unemployment and a continuation of the Spanish flu epidemic added to the general air of gloom. An outbreak of strikes led to troops and tanks appearing on the streets of our leading industrial cities.

Perhaps the arrival of Dixieland jazz was a sign of better times to come, with the ‘Bright Young Things’ waiting in the wings to take centre stage. There was still entertainment to be had. Sport provided a popular outlet, and long queues formed outside picture houses to see the latest silent films. Theatres and music halls played to packed houses. All aspects of life 100 years ago are examined to mark the beginning of the period described by Robert Graves as “The Long Weekend” - from fashion to criminality, from royalty to the Empire.

Book ISBN 9781445679112

Book Format Hardback

pages 320 pages

Publication Date 15 Feb 2019

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 40

Available on: Friday 15th February 2019

Regular Price: £20.00

Special Price: £18.00

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