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Noir Forties

Author: LINGEMAN RICHAR
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 368
Pub Date: 15/12/2011
ISBN: 9781568584362
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Quick overview A work of revisionist history that traces the moody period that enveloped America in the aftermath of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, when popular culture came to embody the psychological insecurities and anxieties provoked by wartime upheaval and cultural isolation.
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From one of our finest cultural historians, The Noir Forties is a vivid reexamination of America's postwar period, that "age of anxiety" characterized by the dissipation of victory dreams, the onset of the Red Scare, and a nascent resistance to the growing Cold War consensus. Richard Lingeman examines a brief but momentous and crowded time, the years between VJ Day and the beginning of the Korean War, describing how we got from there to here. It evokes the social and cultural milieu of the late forties, with the vicissitudes of the New Deal Left and Popular Front culture from the end of one hot war and the beginning of the cold one--and, longer term, of a cold war that preoccupied the United States for the next fifty years. It traces the attitudes, sentiments, hopes and fears, prejudices, behavior, and collective dreams and nightmares of the times, as reflected in the media, popular culture, political movements, opinion polls, and sociological and psychological studies of mass beliefs and behavior.

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