Between the onset of the Depression in 1930 and the outbreak of war in 1939, social and political divisions deepened. Soaring unemployment, wage cuts, and the Means Test humiliated workers, and discontent showed itself in mass demonstrations such as the Jarrow March. Fascism gained a toe-hold in the UK with Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists, and in 1936 the rival ideologies of fascism and communism found a battleground in the Spanish Civil War.
The decade provided few moments of celebration. Fred Perry won the Men's Singles title at Wimbledon, and the coronation of George VI was a joyous occasion, but it was to be the last for some time. Voices such as Churchill and Chamberlain remind us of the political mood, but it is the testament of ordinary people buffeted by events beyond their control that are the most telling.
Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.
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"...mines the BBC¿s sound archives to produce what will surely become the greatest oral history series..." (The Times)
"A wonderful idea and excellently executed ..best possible use of the medium and a great narrator" (The Independent)
Just a short review on these BBC audio Cd's. I can only strongly recommend any of these titles having listen'd to all of them and found them remarkable in both content and narration there are things in these that were not covered in the BBC TV presentation probably due too time so all you budding historians take a little
time and listen too them it is well worth it!
I have really enjoyed this series, it's like history on the run, and fills in some details I never heard studying it from US history books. It's worth it just to hear the bit about George Orwell in this one (1930-1939).
The details are a bit less in perfect sequence than others in the series, most notably the one ending with WWI in 1919, and perhaps could have included more on the topic of depression beyond marches. Overall very entertaining and educational. If anecdotal info helps you commit things to memory, the "interviews" in this series will help you learn from it.
"An excellent work."
I would for the interview excerpts.
None I'm afraid.
It almost made me cry when hearing from the truck driver of the baby and his or her family during the depression in Britain.
A must-have for history buffs like me.
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