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9780856675782

Twenties London : A City in the Jazz Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9780856675782

  • ISBN10:

    0856675784

  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
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Summary

This fully illustrated survey of the 20th century's most exciting decade examines the art, design, fashion and architecture of 1920s London alongside wider social and political ideas about Britain, modernism, mass democracy and popular culture. London was at the heart of all the 1920s debates about Britain's future. What was the London of the future to be in a world shaken by catastrophic wars, revolutions and scientific miracles? Was the British capital to be a Babylon of unrestrained capitalism, American-style; a mechanistic machine for living, Soviet-style; or a global Imperial capital? The book discusses these debates in terms of how they were manifested through London's streets and buildings, the clothes, material goods and creative works produced, worn and used by Londoners. It shows London emerging from the decade as a city for the modern world, British-style, newly democratized, a unique mix of international modernism and distinctly post-modern diversity, irony and pragmatism.

Author Biography

Cathy Ross is head of the department of Later London History at the Museum of London.

Table of Contents

This Syncopated Civilization
Visions of America
Visions of Russia
Visions of Britain
Visions of England
London; the Diverse City
London, the Disorderly City
London, the Efficient City
Appendices: 30 key London Buildings from the 1920s
10 Key Pieces of the 1920s Public Sculpture
This Syncopated Civilization Visions of America Visions of Russia Visions of Britain Visions of England London
The Diverse City London, the Disorderly City London
The Efficient City Appendices: 30 key London Buildings from the 1920
10 Key Pieces of the 1920s Public Sculpture
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