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The 1950s' undeniable prosperity has become synonymous with conservatism, and inertia seen as its hallmark. This book offers a fresh and challenging interpretation of the 1950s in Australia. Nicholas Brown presents the decade as a time of great change, brought about by affluence. Society became increasingly complex, mass consumption reached new heights and Australia's role in the world and the region was re-cast. The book looks at the ways in which those overseeing society responded to these post-war changes; in short, how they governed prosperity. A history of ideas as well as cultural, intellectual and institutional history, Governing Prosperity is a major reassessment of the 1950s. It will be particularly important for its analysis of the significance of the decade in the development of Australian society.Read more
- Innovative, revisionist history. New perspective on familiar controversies
- Rigourous and incisive, while accessible
- Brown's chapter in Australian Popular Culture (ed. Ian Craven) has been very well received
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- Date Published: October 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521477321
- length: 312 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.46kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
1. A part of Asia
2. 'A test of our quality as a nation'
3. The milk bar economy
4. Decentralisation and the organisation of life
5. Concepts of self and society
6. 'A community with a climate of its own'
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