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Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992 [Kindle Edition]

Alwyn W. Turner
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‘It is a great night. It is the end of socialism.’ Margaret Thatcher, 10 April 1992 Twenty years on from 1992and the effects are still being felt. Some of these are so global in their scale that they can not be ignored. It was, for example, the year when the Maastricht Treaty was signed, setting in train the process of creating a single European currency, and when Yugoslavia imploded in a series of brutal civil wars, an event that brought into being the doctrine of liberal interventionism, still depressingly evident in Afghanistan today. It was also, less obviously, the year when a generation finally turned its back on politics. These were the people born a few years either side of 1960 – the biggest demographic bulge in British history – whose adult political experience was of a seemingly permanent Conservative government. Disillusioned by the unexpected victory of the Tories in the 1992 general election, this generation turned its attention instead to capturing the commanding heights of national culture. For a brief period, it was successful, creating a cultural renaissance that reshaped the identity of the country. In the process, however, it sowed the seeds of its own destruction, while its absence from politics ceded the field to a group of homogenised professional politicians, who were allowed to emerge unchallenged. This is the story of that generation, refracted through some of the key cultural moments of 1992. Alwyn W. Turner is the author of a number of acclaimed books on modern British culture, including Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s, Rejoice! Rejoice!: Brtain in the 1980s, Halfway to Paradise and The Biba Experience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310236
  • ASIN: B007KK4O5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny 21 Sep 2012
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A very funny and interesting history of New Labour. Easily read on my HTC smartphone.

I remember the times and it was interesting to read what had been going on behind the scenes as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where did 20 years go? 23 Mar 2012
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Can you remember where you were when the Tory's won the 1992 election? I can still picture it 20 years on - a kind of funereal silence descended on the house and it wasn't until YouTube had been invented that I saw the funny side of Kinnock's 'We're Alright!' speech. What happened between now and then has been left in something of a dark fuzz, and it was only when I read this excellent (and delightfully short) book on the fallout from that night that I properly pieced those two decades back together, from BritPop to Spitting Image, from Jack Dee to Alan McGee, there is an unbelievable wealth of reference here, and full of those 'I remember that' moments, that makes it the perfect 30 minute read on the bus on the way to the pub quiz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 5 Jun 2013
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I found the book informative, stimulating and challenging. It was good to be able to read a book like this on Kindle when not requiring it for one's library - this makes it ecologically friendly!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plea for it as a book 20 April 2012
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I would love to be able to read this but am stuck because I don't have a kindle and can' t get my kindle for ipad to work. Oh please can we have it in paper? - one of those old fashioned book things that people of this demographic were brought up using. I heard the author talking on Start the Week and thought it a really interesting point, as someone of the same age. Every contemporary who was politically active when we were young is not now. I think the politics of the eighties was so unappealing there was no space for reasonable thinking people. I don't really think it was the 1992 election.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as I remember it. 28 Oct 2012
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A clever book, but not one that rang bells for me. The basic premise is that children born in the late 60‘s didn't engage with politics. I subscribe to that view, and consider myself a witness to the period- both my children fall into that category, as do their friends. My generation, on the other hand, were angry and sought a revolution to kick out the old guard. Maggie Thatcher did just that and ambitious professionals like myself were energised by hope and the permission to be successful. My children absorbed this and were too self actualised to be influenced by comedians, soaps on the TV or mediocre rock bands of the era. Politics and football had little to add to their lives. The book illuminates a few dark corners of recent history, for which I am grateful. Some neat observations of Tony Blair, that I will try to remember.
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