Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-262) and index.
Questioning the view that World War II served to democratize English society, James Hinton shows how the war enabled middle-class social leaders to reinforce their claims to authority.
Title Page; Preface; Contents; Abbreviations; 1: Introduction; Part I; 2: Lady Reading and Women's Voluntary Services; 3: Colonizing the Urban Public Sphere; 4: Integrating the Working Class; 5: Discipline and Charm; 6: Coalfield; 7: Rural England; Part II; 8: Uncertain Future; 9: Our Towns; 10: Home Helps; 11: Women's Voluntary Services and the Voluntary Sector; 12: Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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