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Governing Prosperity
Social Change and Social Analysis in Australia in the 1950s

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Part of Studies in Australian History

  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521477321

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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.

    • 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
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    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'
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Nicholas Brown, Australian National University, Canberra

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