Cold War Culture: Intellectuals, the Media and the Practice by Jim Smyth

By Jim Smyth

Britain within the Fifties had a particular political and highbrow weather. It was once the age of Keynesianism, of welfare country consensus, incipient consumerism, and, to its detractors - the so-called ‘Angry younger males’ and the emergent New Left - a brand new age of complacency. whereas leading Minister Harold Macmillan famously remarked that ‘most of our humans have by no means had it so good’, the playwright John Osborne lamented that ‘there aren’t any sturdy, courageous motives left’.

Philosophers, political scientists, economists and historians embraced the meant ‘end of ideology’ and fetishized ‘value-free’ procedure and research. This flip is healthier understood within the context of the cultural chilly warfare within which ‘ideology’ served as shorthand for Marxist, however it additionally drew at the wealthy assets and traditions of English empiricism and a Burkean scepticism approximately summary thought regularly. paradoxically, cultural critics and historians comparable to Raymond Williams and E.P. Thompson confirmed at the moment that the thick catalogue of English ethical, aesthetic and social critique may be placed to altogether various reasons. Jim Smyth right here exhibits that, regardless of being allergic to McCarthy-style vulgarity, British intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties operated inside strong chilly conflict paradigms all of the same.

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