Course overview

The Britain of 1945 is out of living memory of almost everyone, but is the world that our parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived through. Britain emerged from the second world war victorious, but bankrupt. The next decades saw tremendous social changes for all. How did it feel for the people living through it? We will be looking at sources from the time, to be able to put ourselves in their shoes and consider how it felt to live in austerity Britain. We will also be looking at the economic and social changes later in the period, the increased prosperity in the 50’s and 60’s, and the response to social changes at the time. Join the class to find out more.

Course description

Want to know more about the post war world in Britain? What was it like living in Austerity Britain? The late 60’s saw the legislation outlawing homosexuality repealed, the death penalty abolished, abortion legalised and divorce made simpler. Find out what people’s attitudes to these generally were. We will also be looking at popular culture and what this tells us about the time. As well as social change there were of course economic and political changes. What was Britain’s view of its role in the world at the time? What decisions and debates led up to the decision to enter the EEC, and how was increased immigration into the UK from the 1950’s onwards experienced by people and the government?

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