A Classless Society

Britain in the 1990s

A Classless Society
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Format: Paperback / softback, 640 Pages
ISBN: 9781781312377
Publisher: Aurum Press
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"Superb" NICK COHEN, author of What's Left?

"Tremendously entertaining" DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Sunday Times

"Like his previous histories of the Seventies and Eighties, A Classless Society is an extraordinarily comprehensive work. Turner writes brilliantly, creating a compelling narrative of the decade, weaving contrasting elements together with a natural storyteller’s aplomb… engaging and unique" IRVINE WELSH, Daily Telegraph

"Ravenously inquisitive, darkly comical and coolly undeceived... Turner is a master of the telling detail" CRAIG BROWN, Mail on Sunday

Opening with a war in the Gulf and ending with the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, this entertaining encyclopedia of recent British history goes in search of the decade when modern Britain came of age. What it finds is a nation anxiously grappling with new technologies, tentatively embracing new lifestyles, and, above all, forging a new sense of what it means to be British.

An exploration of a decade that is yet to be defined or anatomised as the 1960s or 1970s have been, this comprehensive history examines a Britain still reeling from the conflicts of the Thatcher years. When Margaret Thatcher was ousted from Downing Street in November 1990 after eleven years of bitter social and economic conflict, many hoped that the decade to come would be more 'caring'; others dared to believe that the more radical policies of her revolution might even be overturned. Across politics and culture there was an  apparent yearning for something the Iron Lady had famously dismissed: society. Yet the forces that had warred over the country during the 1980s were to prevent any simple turning back of the clock. The 'New Britain' to emerge under John Major and Tony Blair would be a contradiction: economically unequal but culturally classless.

While Westminster agonised over sleaze and the ERM, the country outside became the playground of the New Lad and his sister the Ladette, of Swampy and the YBAs, of Posh and Becks and Jarvis Cocker. A new era was dawning which promised to connect us via the 'information superhighway' and entertain us with 'docusoaps'. It was also a period that  would see old moral certainties swept aside, and once venerable institutions descend into farce - followed, in the case of  the Royal Family, by tragedy.

"Deserves to become a classic" EDWINA CURRIE

"Rich and encyclopaedic" ROGER LEWIS, Daily Mail

"Excellent" D.J. TAYLOR, Independent

The author

Alwyn W. Turner is the author of Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s and Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s, both also published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock and My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock.

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Specs

Format: Paperback / softback, 640 Pages
ISBN: 9781781312377
Illustrations: 16pp colour plates
Size: 5.079 in x 7.795 in / 129 mm x 198 mm
Published:

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