Austerity in Britain by Dr Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
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Austerity in Britain
By Dr Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska

Austerity in Britain

Rationing, Controls and Consumption 1939-1955

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Austerity in Britain by Dr Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska

Book Awards

  • Winner of North American Council on British Studies British Council Prize 2001.

Book Description

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 classes or between men and women. The continuation of rationing and austerity policies after 1945 was central to party politics. Disaffection, particularly among women, undermined Labour's popularity while the Conservatives' critique of austerity was instrumental to the party's victories at the general elections of 1951 and 1955.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198204534
ISBN-10: 0198204531
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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