The Postwar World - an East midlands Focus

Ref: C2345786

We will be taking a look at the situations people found themselves in in our local Leicestershire area emerging from the Second World War including the hardships endured with the continuing of rationing, together with the local implications of the introduction of the Welfare State, and the life improvements that resulted. We will also look at how Leicester continued to clear its slum areas and build council estates, and embarked on a controversial "new vision" for the city. We will also take a look at how cultural changes, particularly in the new youth culture, were reflected in the city. Although the main focus will be on local developments we will be looking at all of this against the background of national and international events in the late 1940s and the 1950s.

Course aim

To learn how life in Leicestershire changed in the post-1945 years emerging from post-war austerity into the "rock and roll" era of the late 1950s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No previous experience needed - just an interest in local history of the area around Leicester.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact of the period of postwar austerity on the population of Leicester and the surrounding area.
  • Identify the key stages in slum clearance and re-housing programmes which took place locally in the postwar years.
  • Discuss the developments that took place locally as a result of the introduction of the Welfare State in the years following the Second World War.
  • Critically examine the measures taken to introduce a "new vision" for the city of Leicester into the 1950s.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to explain the cultural changes that took place in our local area in the postwar years particularly in the area of youth culture.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will just need to have sufficient IT skills to use the Zoom software (for the actual meetings) and Canvas (the resource database). A full resource bank will be available on the Canvas site which can be downloaded as a permanent resource. Open discussion will be invited at all times.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Postwar World - an East midlands Focus


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