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The Centre Of Things; The British Press And Broadcasting Since 1945; & Culture In Britain Since 1945

Published in 1992

Modern British social and cultural history

  • The Centre Of Things: Political Fiction In Britain From Disraeli To The Present
    Christopher Harvie - Unwin Hyman, 1991 - 245pp. - £28 hardback, £11.95 paperback
  • The British Press And Broadcasting Since 1945
    Colin Seymour-Ure - Basil Blackwell, 1991 - 269pp. - £29.95 hardback, £8.95 paperback
  • Culture In Britain Since 1945
    Arthur Marwick - Basil Blackwell, 1991 - 206pp.- £29.95 hardback, £8.95 paperback

From the 1840s into the twentieth century the political novel was a mode through which members of the governing elite and intellectuals attendant upon it developed ideas about Parliament, the party system and the people; and through which such topics were mediated to publics (political novels were often best-sellers). In part, Christopher Harvie shows, this was a conversation among the people who made things happen, in part the propagation of a myth convenient to the parliamentary system. Disraeli and Trollope are obvious initiating authors, and Harvie sets them in a context of other writers and within a full discussion of nineteenth-century political thought and events.

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