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Radical London in the 1950s (Paperback) (David Fred Mathieson)

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In September 1960 the central London district of St Pancras was convulsed by rioting. What had begun months before as a peaceful protest about the lack of decent housing spiraled into some of the worst street fighting ever seen in the capital. The violence shook the nation. All Metropolitan police leave was canceled, MPs demanded an emergency debate in the House of Commons and a horrified Home Secretary used draconian measures to quell the unrest.

The popular image of postwar Britain is one of peace and prosperity but the disturbances in St Pancras reveal a very different history. This book explains the full story behind the riots as one ordinary community in the metropolis struggled to recover from the devastation of the Blitz and the Second World War.

The events were driven by a cast of colorful characters drawn from a remarkable generation forged by war, poverty and the relentless ambition to build a more just society. 'Red Flags and Riots in Post-War London' describes how many of the issues at the center of the storm, such as inequality, migration and affordable housing, remain at the center of our political debates today.
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: David Fred Mathieson
Language: English
Street Date: January 15, 2017
TCIN: 52153213
UPC: 9781445661032
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-2056

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