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Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's.

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GCSE History Coursework The 1960's Harshil Patel Question 1 Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's Popular culture changed significantly during the 1960's. As a result of the war Britain's economy was damaged. The late 40's + 50's were a period of economic recovery. Rationing was coming to an end and people had unlimited access to everyday goods. Consumer goods such as cars and televisions were also beginning to become more available to middle and working class people, whereas they were too expensive for all but upper class families in the years after the war. The period between 1959 - 1963 was thought to be a time for economic recovery. Britain was getting back to its pre-war strength, with full employment people's pay increased and working hours reduced. There was more money to spend on 'leisure' and more time in which to pursue cultural interests. Popular culture reflected changes and the 60's marked a radical change with the post war austerity of the 50's. Britain had "never had it so good" and British culture took off as a result. The music scene had been dominated by American artists such as Elvis. He was an actor as well as a singer and the key influence in 50's rock-n-roll. ...read more.


My answer to this is probably not. The reason for my answer is that in during the decades before the 60's, there was a war and the public was getting back to normal life. The two groups came around in the right period to establish themselves as the groups of the 60's respectively. The other factor that played a part in the Beatles and the Rolling Stones being famous in the 1960's was became a tendency to be part of a political party. The bands and musicians then lived off this and their songs and lyrics became more politically aimed, and therefore more tempting to their fans. The final factor is the economic boom. The economic boom was the root of everything that made the 1960's great not in the least the Beatles and the Rolling stones. As an example, the economy boom made it possible for companies to carry out research, and clearly because of the economy boom, natural resources were less expensive. The use of the new equipment such as radios and record players also gives us a view into why the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were popular during the 1960's. In conclusion there were many reasons why the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were popular during the 1960's, the main factor was of course the economic boom but still, the thing that was particular about this was ...read more.


The new laws, and outlooks on moral responsibility, brought along angry protesters who were not happy with the decisions that had been made. Most notably, the race issue, which had been meant to bring about harmony and equal opportunity between the different cultures of Britain, caused the National Front to start up its new political party. The out break of all the people who had won the government over with their protesting, had a more peace orientated 'feel good' aura about themselves. This lead to the 'Hippy' movement and illegal drug taking. Apart from all of these factors there was still the beginning of terrorism in Britain due to the still ongoing dispute over whether Northern Ireland should be part of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom. This lead to the start of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), whose main source of persuasion was terrorism, usually signified with bombing. In conclusion, my view is that the 1960's was a positive decade, I feel that it was what Britain needed after almost twenty years of hardship, and it has also gone down in history for being one of the most debatable times, with laws being over- turned and made, but on the whole I believe most of the decisions made by the governments were the correct ones. The 1960's also brought about improvements in living standards due to the economic recovery, welfare and improvement of education. Harshil Patel 11RJ GCSE History Coursework ...read more.

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