London in the Swinging 1960s

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London in the Swinging 1960s

<p>As Britain emerged from the long post World War II period of austerity, a new generation looked to the future with hope and a sense of promise. It is the decade of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones

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As Britain emerged from the long post World War II period of austerity, a new generation looked to the future with hope and a sense of promise. It is the decade of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and England’s historic win in the 1966 World Cup. The abolition of the death penalty in 1965 and the legalisation of homosexuality in 1967 heralded significant social changes. But the era was also marked by political scandals, most famously the Profumo Affair of 1963 which brought down the MacMillan government.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Developments in music, film, literature, popular culture during the decade including the Profumo Scandal of 1963 and its impact on the government
  • Social reform and key legislation including abolition of the death penalty, legalisation of homosexuality and abortion
  • Political protest, anti nuclear movements and demonstrations in the context of the Cold War and international events
  • Role of key individuals in social, political, cultural and economic developments of the decade


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the key differences between the 1960s in London and the post World War II period.
  2. Consider the impact of various social and political reforms by the MacMillan Conservative and Wilson Labour governments during the decade.
  3. Gain an understanding of the long lasting impact of the radical developments in popular culture in London during the decade.