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A sense of the past being not altogether foreign but, rather, proximate and cautionary, informs the culture of every generation. The interwar period is a particularly significant case in point for post-war British generations. This period contributed greatly to contemporary consciousness, but our view of those years has begun to change considerably as a new generation has interposed itself between the experience of the 1930s and the experience of the 1980s. The generation which learned its politics in the 1950s and 1960s, which did not have to worry

element in area that conspicuous.