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Eyewitness, 1930-1939 Radio/TV Program

Eyewitness, 1930-1939: A History of the Twentieth Century in Sound

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Publisher's Summary

Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Burke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.

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.

© and (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

"...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)

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    Mr. R. Bruce Sweden 23/03/2009
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    "A History of the Twentieth Century in Sound""

    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!

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  • Pamela T.
    San Jose, CA
    24/07/07
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    "Entertaining History"

    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.

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  • brian
    cincinnati, OH, United States
    22/01/16
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    "An excellent work."
    Would you listen to Eyewitness, 1930-1939 again? Why?

    I would for the interview excerpts.


    What other book might you compare Eyewitness, 1930-1939 to and why?

    None I'm afraid.


    What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It almost made me cry when hearing from the truck driver of the baby and his or her family during the depression in Britain.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for history buffs like me.

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