3rd Edition

The Slump Britain in the Great Depression

By John Stevenson, Chris Cook Copyright 2009
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    'One of the most relentlessly brilliant studies of twentieth-century Britain ... these young historians have found a marvellous theme and stuck to it. Theirs is the glory!'  Professor Arthur Marwick, History

    The 1930s - remembered as the decade of dole queues and hunger marches, mass unemployment, the means test, and the rise of fascism - also saw the development of new industries, the growth of comfortable suburbia, and rising standards of living for many. In Britain in the Depression, the authors look behind the legends for an objective - and timely - reassessment, as Britain again struggles with the economic and spiritual ills of recession and unemployment.

    Preface and Acknowledgements

    Introduction to the New Edition

    1. Myth and Reality: Britain in the 1930s
    2. The Dawn of Affluence
    3. The Hungry Thirties
    4. The Problem of Unemployment
    5. The Impact of Unemployment
    6. The General Election of 1931
    7. Politics and the People, 1931-5
    8. The Communist Party
    9. The National Unemployed Workers' Movement
    10. Hunger Marches and Demonstrations
    11. The Fascist Challenge
    12. The Government and Public Order
    13. The General Election of 1935
    14. The Revolution That Never Was

    15. Afterword: Back to the Thirties?




    John Stevenson, Chris Cook