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  • Published: 15 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9781844139231
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $32.99
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We Danced All Night

A Social History of Britain Between the Wars




So often, the period between our two World Wars is portrayed as a time of unremitting poverty, rising crime and mass employment. But what if there was another side to the story, one of dancing, cinema-going and football pools?

Bounded by the Great War on one side and by the looming shadow of the Second World War on the other, the inter-war period has characteristically been portrayed as a time of great and unrelenting depression. In Martin Pugh's lively and thought-provoking book, however, the acclaimed historian vividly shows how the British people reacted to the privations of wartime by indulging in leisure and entertainment activities of all kinds - from dancing and cinema going to smoking, football pools and paid holidays.

He explodes the myths of a nation of unwed women, revealing that in the 1930s the institution of marriage was reaching its heyday, and points to a rise in real incomes, improvements in diet and health and the spread of cheap luxuries. The result is an extraordinary, engaging work of history that presents us with a fresh perspective and brings out both the strangeness and the familiarity of this point in time.

  • Published: 15 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9781844139231
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $32.99
Categories:

About the author

Martin Pugh

Martin Pugh was Professor of British History at Newcastle University and Research Professor in History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the advisory panel of the BBC History Magazine, and the author of over twelve books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. He lives in Northumberland.

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Praise for We Danced All Night

Skilfully evoked, vividly captured social history

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