1. 1. Introduction: Re-assessing the 1920s and 1930s 2 items
    • How has this period been mythologized in popular history/memory? (find representations of 1920s and 1930s Britain online/in popular culture {tv, films, music etc}/on YouTube etc) • Outline the development of a new historiography of Britain in the 1920s and 1930s
    1. Reading: 2 items
      1. Britain in the 1930s: the deceptive decade - Andrew Thorpe 1992

        Book  Introduction.

      2. Britain in the Depression: society and politics, 1929-1939 - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 1994

        Book  Introduction, start of chapter 1.

  2. 2. Flappers & Mothers: Woman’s varied experiences 14 items
    • Why did the ‘Flapper’ create so much controversy and did she really exist? • How was ‘domesticity’ promoted to women, and has its effectiveness been exaggerated? Were the 1920s and 1930s a golden age for of ‘domesticity’ for women?
    1. Flappers: 4 items
      1. Modern women on trial: sexual transgression in the age of the flapper - Lucy Bland 2013 (electronic book)

        Book  'Introduction' and chapter 2 'Butterfly Women, Chinamen', Dope Fiends and Metropolitan Allure', pp. 55-101.

    2. Domesticity: 5 items
      1. Home and Hearth - Deidre Beddoe

        Chapter  Digitised.

      2. A home of one's own - Judy Giles 1993

        Article  Digitised.

    3. Other: 5 items
  3. 3. Crisis of Masculinity? New men and old men 11 items
    • How far did the Great War and the Depression challenge ‘traditional’ notions of masculinity? • How did clubs and popular magazines aimed at men and boys try to re-shape ‘masculinity’ in interwar Britain?
    1. War, Depression and ‘traditional’ masculinity 6 items
      1. Mutilating - Joanna Bourke

        Chapter  Digitised.

    2. Boys Clubs etc re-shaping masculinity 5 items
      1. Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-War Years - Melanie Tebbutt 2012 (electronic book)

        Book  Chapter 2: 'Ordinary Boys and Masculine Men' and chapter 3: 'Bodies and Appearance'.

  4. 4. Love and Sex: moral panic or broader minds? 10 items
    • To what extent was there a ‘sexual revolution’ in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s? • How did ideas about ‘love’ and marriage change in interwar Britain?
    1. Sex: 7 items
      1. Sexuality and Morality - Ross McKibbin

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Love and Marriage: 3 items
  5. 5. The New Economy and the Growth of Suburbia: consumerism and housing 24 items
    • To what extent was this a period of mass consumerism in Britain? • How was Britain’s housing transformed in the 1920s and 30s?
    1. Consumerism: 10 items
      1. The New Consumerism - S. Bowden


      2. Interwar Britain: a social and economic history - Sean Glynn, John Oxborrow 1976

        Book  Chapter 5 (digitised).

      3. Women Assemble: Women Workers and the New Industries in Inter-War Britain - Miriam Glucksmann 1990

        Book  Chapter 3: 'The Restructuring of Industrial Capitalism'.

      4. British Society, 1914-45 - John Stevenson 1984

        Book  Chapter 14: 'The Economy and Living Standards'.

      5. Depression and Recovery?: British Economic Growth, 1918-1939 - Bernard William Ernest Alford 1972

        Book  Chapter 1: 'The Problem' and chapter 2: 'Growth'.

      6. War and Progress: Britain, 1914-1945 - Peter Dewey 1997

        Book  Chapter 5: 'Growing and Declining Industries'.

    2. Housing: 14 items
      1. British Society, 1914-45 - John Stevenson 1984

        Book  Chapter 8: 'Housing and Town Planning'.

      2. A Social History of Housing 1815-1985 - John Burnett 1991

        Book  Earlier editions also available in the Library.

      3. Owner-Occupation in Britain - Stephen Merrett 1982


  6. 6. Independent Learning Week 1 item
    1. Essay completion week

  7. 7. Going over the Top: Mass-Observation and the Social Surveys 7 items
    • Was Mass-Observation’s approach to the working class radical or patronising? • What do the other social surveys of the period tell us about attitudes towards class?
    1. Democracy and Communication: Mass Observation 1937-1943 - Michael Pickering, David Chaney 1986

      Article  Digitised.

  8. 8. Temporary American Citizens: The Threat of Americanization 4 items
    • Has the extent of Americanization in this period been exaggerated? • What impact did Americanization have on British culture and society?
  9. 9. Fascists and Communists: the appeal of extremism 15 items
    • Who was attracted to fascism and communism in Britain, and why? • Why did fascism and communism fail in interwar Britain?
    1. The Slump: Society and Politics during the Depression - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 1977

      Book  Chapter 11: 'The Fascist Challenge' and chapter 12: 'The Government and Public Order'.

    2. The Ideas of the BUF - Neill Nugent


    3. The Fascist Movement in Britain - Robert Benewick 1972

      Book  Chapter 7: 'British Fascist Ideology'.

    4. The Slump: Society and Politics during the Depression - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 1977

      Book  Chapter 8: 'The Communist Party'.

    5. The Slump: Society and Politics during the Depression - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 1977

      Book  Chapter 14: 'The Revolution that never was'.

  10. 10. Rural Idyll: Love of the Countryside 8 items
    • Why did the countryside have such a strong appeal to many in interwar Britain? • To what extent did the 1920s and 1930s see the transformation of rural Britain?
  11. 11. Gangs and Gangsters: interwar crime waves 7 items
    • To what extent was Glasgow’s ‘gangster problem’ of the 1920s and 1930s a media invention? • What do other episodes of moral panic concerning crime tell us about British society and culture in the 1920s and 1930s?
  12. Essay Readings 5 items
    1. News Films - Rachael Low

      Chapter  Digitised.

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