Magazine article New Internationalist

The People

Magazine article New Internationalist

The People

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The People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010 by Selina Todd (John Murray, ISBN 10 1848548818)

This is a familiar British story that can be summarized as follows: fought hard for employment rights after the First World War; flourished again under unprecedented demands for workers to make weapons during the Second World War; enjoyed cultural and economic prosperity in the post-War era; and witnessed a rapid decline post-1979, when Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister and individualism became the dogmatic creed of British politics.

What differentiates Selina Todd's book from existing literature on this subject is the way her narrative actually documents the voices of working-class people. Through their words we come to a better understanding of how lives flourished or faltered, as various government policies were introduced, or taken away, by both Conservatives and Labour respectively. …

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