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Christmas and the British: A Modern History Paperback – 6 Oct 2016

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147425537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1474255370
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wide-ranging survey of our festive past ... There are many intriguing little examples of how Christmas was different in the past.
-- Book of the Day, The Guardian

Full of intriguing fragments ... [and] perceptive on the inherent nostalgia of the celebrations ... [Johnes's] sources are various and doubtless impeccable. -- Times Literary Supplement

A superb piece of social history, full of fascinating detail, that casts new light not just on Christmas, but on the country itself.
-- Alwyn Turner, author of 'A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s'

Martin Johnes's Christmas and the British is a fascinating, vivid and beautifully researched history. Drawing on an enormous range of material, from Mass Observation to Jackie annuals, it tells a story of social and cultural change through our changing relationship with this festival. While never losing its scholarly bearings, it also manages to be full of warmth and human interest. -- Joe Moran, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

About the Author

Martin Johnes is Reader in History at Swansea University, UK. He is the author of Wales since 1939 (2012), A History of Sport in Wales (2005) and Aberfan: Government and Disasters (2000)

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