Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain

Hardcover | April 7, 2006

byAdrian Bingham

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Journalists often claim that they write the first draft of history, but few historians examine the press in detail when preparing later drafts. This book demonstrates the value of popular newspapers as a historical source by using them to explore the attitudes and identites of inter-warBritain, and in particular the reshaping of femininity and masculinity. It provides a fresh insight into a period of great significance in the making of twentieth century gender identities, when women and men were coming to terms with the upheavals of the Great War, the arrival of democracy, andrapid social change. The book also deepens our understanding of the development of the modern media by showing how newspaper editors, in the fierce competition for readers, developed a template for the popular press that is still influential today.

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Journalists often claim that they write the first draft of history, but few historians examine the press in detail when preparing later drafts. This book demonstrates the value of popular newspapers as a historical source by using them to explore the attitudes and identites of inter-warBritain, and in particular the reshaping of femini...

Adrian Bingham is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:April 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272476

ISBN - 13:9780199272471

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Introduction1. The evolution of the popular daily press2. The discourse of modernity3. Traditional duties: housewife, mother, consumer4. Reshaping the political sphere: the female voter5. The gendered gaze: fashion, the female body and sexual morality6. Patriotism and citizenship: the gendered languages of war and peace7. Masculinity: ideals and anxietiesConclusionsAppendix: The women's pagesBibliography