Retrospectives are fun, if you like that sort of thing. For those that go back before people were born they can be fun, unless they really missed something. For those that return people to memories of the past they may or may not be fun depending on their situation was.
In 1948, according to the newsreels and media of the time, we had an Olympics party and were told to be proud of it all.
was still great and a force in the world and could put on a good show. All was for the best in the best of all
possible worlds, this one a Socialist one.
So then what happened? Great Britain
In China the end game was in play for the American supported Chiang Kai-shek regime and it was not long before Mao and the Communist forces entered Beijing and went on to capture Shanghai. They established a new regime and radical changes in both economic and social policy.
re-election of Harry Truman to the Presidency beating both his fancied
Republican opponent, Dewey, and the bookies.
The main media had Harry marked down as a loser and were wrong. This meant he was now able to assert himself
and the USA
as an active world power. USA
The realisation that the air threat from the
was not just large fleets of
bombers but now nuclear forced a large scale revision of strategy and military
organisation amongst the western allies.
was especially at threat and not just the American bases. UK
The transistor was revealed to the world which set in train a radical series of changes in much of the electronics industry. Because of the political and economic governance of capital investment in the
its industry was slow to
One reason was that much attention was taken by the new Comet Jetliner. The full implications of jet aircraft travel were not understood, many simply seeing them as a more comfortable and convenient option for the traditional market.
experience Austerity, games or no games.
Clothes rationing ended, if you could either find the products or afford
to buy them. My mother queued for two
hours to buy a cotton shirt for my father which cost the same as a week’s rent. UK
Charles Phillip Arthur George was christened, the son of Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne and Prince Phillip. His great grandmother Dowager Queen Mary, held the opinion that Charles most closely resembled
Prince Albert, Consort to Queen . Victoria
Unconnected to this in 1949 saw the inevitable devaluation of the pound from $4.03 to $2.80 which delivered a major shock to the economy. The Austerity regime had not succeeded because of all the demands made by the world situation and the drive to increase welfare provision and control of the economy, notably through nationalisation.
Clement Attlee was being criticised from within his own party for being “soft on socialism”. Meanwhile the Conservative Party was beginning a major revival. Also, George Orwell’s new book, “1984” came in for some criticism. Official sources insisted that it was a warning and not a prophesy.
So what changes?