The Hungry 30s

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  • The Hungry Thirties
    • Things that receded
      • aristocratic dominance
      • great country estates
        • felt the impact of death duties + taxation
      • large country homes
        • turned into schools and convalescent homes
        • domestic servants found other jobs
    • The middle classes
      • old outlooks and habits changing
      • successful industrialists and politicians became peers of high society
      • Live in maids replaced with 'daily help'
      • contraception limited family sizes
        • not approved by church until 1930
    • Culture
      • emphasis on youth, fashion + entertainment
      • nightclubs opened
      • drinking cocktails + smoking
      • open about sex
      • divorce legislation made separation more accepted
    • Economy
      • ease of access to new commodities of mass markets
        • increased  aspirations of wealth
      • the haves and have nots
        • those who could indulge in the new economy
        • those who suffered conditions of distressed areas
      • empathetic understanding of poverty
        • national responsibility to achieve an egalitarian society


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