The 1950s: Going for Growth

David Ellwood

in The Shock of America

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780198228790
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741739 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe

The 1950s: Going for Growth

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The transformation of Europe, from postwar ruins to the era of the economic miracles; the ‘revolutions of rising expectations’ and their fulfilment through the recipes of growth; unique, temporary force of the American model of private, cconsumerist, unlimited prosperity, and its effects at level of popular culture, inc debate over the birth of television for all, critical reactions such as French ‘nouvelle’ vague; search for balance between welfare state and ‘growth’. The chapter ends with evidence of the fading of the American myths of the era as west European societies regain confidence and develop their own syntheses of tradition and modernity.

Keywords: growth; economic miracle; European integration; affluent society; history of television; anti-capitalism

Chapter.  25188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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