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What are the biggest changes to life in Britain since 1948?
Britain has changed greatly since 1948. Today people are much richer. They live in far more comfortable homes and ordinary people can afford things that were luxuries in 1948 (like foreign holidays). People are also healthier and they live longer.
How did life change after ww2?
Life in the United States began to return to normal. Soldiers began to come home and find peacetime jobs. Industry stopped producing war equipment and began to produce goods that made peacetime life pleasant. And many people were earning enough money to look for a better life.
How did Britain change after ww2?
The 20 years between 1945 and 1965 witnessed unprecedented change across the British Isles. This resulted in the landslide Labour victory of July 1945. Labour then instituted a radical programme of nationalisation in transport and heavy industry as well as the establishment of a free National Health Service.
What was happening in the 1950s in Britain?
Britain in 1950 was different, in many ways, from Britain today. In 1950 the legacy of the Second World War was still everywhere to be seen. In the major cities, and particularly in London, there were vacant bomb-sites, unrepaired houses, temporary prefabs and gardens turned into allotments.
What big event happened in 1948?
- Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu militant (Jan.
- Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia (Feb.
- Organization of American States (OAS) Charter signed at Bogotá, Colombia (April 30).
- Nation of Israel proclaimed; British end Mandate at midnight; Arab armies attack (May 14).
What major event happened in 1948?
MAJOR EVENTS: Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in India. House Un-American Activities Committee accuses Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviet Union. Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia. U.S. Congress ratifies Marshall Plan, approving $17 billion in European aid.
What did people have in their homes before 1948?
Before 1948 very few of the appliances that we regard as essential to modern life were available to the majority of people. Washing machines and fridges were luxury items. Microwave ovens had yet to be invented, although most homes had a cooker of some sort.
What was the change in TV in the fifties?
By the end of the fifties over three quarters of the population had access to a television set. It was a massive change: people discussed what was on TV, cinema audiences dwindled and television became a part of nearly everyone’s life. By the end of the sixties, television ownership was almost universal.
What did people do for transport in 1948?
Use alternative means of transport such as buses, walking or cycling. Although television broadcasts were made before the Second World War, there were very few television sets in people’s homes in 1948: only the very well off were able to afford one. By the end of the fifties over three quarters of the population had access to a television set.
What was the washing machine like in 1948?
In 1948, few people had washing machines. They had to heat washing in a copper, wash by hand and wring it out using a mangle. It was a physically tiring and time consuming activity. The washing machine was an appliance that really transformed housewives’ lives in the years since 1948.