David Kynaston

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David Kynaston (/ˈkɪnəstən/; born 30 July 1951, Aldershot) is an English historian specializing in the social history of England.

Life and career[edit]

Kynaston was educated at Wellington College and New College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1973, and was awarded a PhD at the London School of Economics.[1] He became a Visiting Professor at Kingston University in 2001.

Tales of a New Jerusalem[edit]

In 2007 Kynaston published Austerity Britain, 1945–1951 to much acclaim.[2] The title consists of two books that together make the first volume in a projected series of six entitled Tales of a New Jerusalem. In this series Kynaston intends to chronicle the history of Great Britain from the end of World War II to the ascension of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.[3] Austerity Britain was named "Book of the Decade" by The Sunday Times.[4]

Family Britain (2010) is the second volume in the series, and was also released as two books.[5] It covers the period from 1951 to the Suez crisis of 1957.[5] The volume was serialized on BBC Radio 4 as its Book of the Week for 23 November 2009, read by Dominic West.[6] The third volume, Modernity Britain, covering the years 1957–59, was published in June 2013.[7][8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • King Labour: British Working Class, 1850–1914, 1976
  • The Financial Times: a centenary history, 1988
  • Cazenove & Co.: a history, 1991
  • The Bank of England: Money, Power, and Influence 1694–1994, 1995 (edited by Richard Roberts)
  • The City of London: A World of Its Own, 1815–90 Vol 1, 1995
  • The City of London: Golden Years, 1890–1914 v. 2, 1995
  • The City of London: Illusions of Gold, 1914–45 v. 3, 2000
  • The City of London: Club No More, 1945–2000 v. 4, 2002 (with Will Sulkin)
  • Austerity Britain, 1945–1951, Bloomsbury, 2007. Published also in two separate volumes:
  • Family Britain, 1951–1957, Bloomsbury, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7475-8385-1
  • City of London: The History
  • Modernity Britain, 1957–1959, Bloomsbury, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7475-8893-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Random House's page about City of London 1 specifies Wellington College, New College Oxford, and the LSE, although it does not give years or degrees.
  2. ^ Christopher Silvester (30 October 2009). "Family Britain, 1951–57: David Kynaston". Express. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Kynaston, David (2007). Austerity Britain, 1945–1951. London: Bloomsbury. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-7475-9923-4. 
  4. ^ "The best of the decade". The Times. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Diski, Jenny (August 2010). "Fastidious Albion: Postwar Britain keeps calm, carries on". Harper's Magazine 321 (1,923): 79–82. Retrieved 29 June 2013.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ Kynaston, David (23 November 2009). "Family Britain". Book of the Week. BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  7. ^ DeGroot, Gerard (14 June 2013). "Modernity Britain by David Kynaston, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Bennett, Catherine (22 June 2013). "Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959 by David Kynaston – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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