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Author Carter, Laura, author.

Title Histories of everyday life : the making of popular social history in Britain, 1918-1979 / Laura Carter
Edition First edition
Published Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource
Series The Past & Present Book Series
Past & present book series
Summary Histories of Everyday Life is a study of the production and consumption of popular social history in mid-twentieth-century Britain. It traces how non-academic historians, many of them women, developed a new breed of social history after the First World War, identified as the 'history of everyday life'. The 'history of everyday life' was a pedagogical construct based on the perceived educational needs of the new, mass democracy. It was popularized to ordinary people in educational settings, through books, in classrooms and museums, and on BBC radio. In the 1970s this popular social history declined, not because academics invented an alternative 'new' social history, but because bottom-up social change rendered the 'history of everyday life' untenable in the changing context of mass education. Histories of Everyday Life ultimately uses the subject of history to demonstrate how profoundly the advent of mass education shaped popular culture in Britain after 1918, arguing that the twentieth century was Britain's educational century
This book is a social history of popular history in Britain between the end of the First World War and the 1970s. It considers how ordinary people were taught history through books, in school and museums, and on BBC radio
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 28, 2021)
Subject Educational sociology -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
History in popular culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Popular culture -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Historiography
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191904783