Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955


'Winner of the NACBS British Council Prize for the best book of 2000 on any aspect of British studies since 1800... It is a superb book. The prose is appropriately austere and economical. The argument is clear and, in many respects, compelling... A short review cannot do justice to the coherence and force of Zweiniger-Bargielowska's argument, or the excellence of her research.' -Twentieth Century British History'I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the British history of the mid-twentieth century.' -John Singleton, EH. NET, July 2000.'At last we have a full history. Austerity in Britain is required reading for anyone who thinks that utility furniture and pencil-line stockings say it all.' -Richard Overy, The Sunday Telegraph'The austerity regime has not attracted the academic study it deserves, and this scholarly and thoroughly researched book by Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska will, therefore, be widely welcomed. She challenges received opinion in several ways and has much of interest to say for students of war, British administration, women, and party-political history... Readers of Austerity in Britain will particularly enjoy the detailed discussion of the black market.' -Martin Pugh, Times Literary SupplementAusterity in Britain is the first book to explore the entire episode of rationing, austerity, and fair shares from 1939 until 1955. These policies were central to the British war effort and to post-war reconstruction. The book analyses the connections between government policy, consumption, gender, and party politics during and after the Second World War.


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