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Black Market Britain: 1939-1955

Mark Roodhouse

Abstract

Due to rationing and price control, Britain’s underground economy experienced a mid-century boom during the 1940s and early 1950s as producers, traders, and professional criminals helped consumers to get ‘a little bit extra’ ‘on the side’, ‘from under the counter’, or ‘off the back of a lorry’. And yet widespread evasion of regulations designed to ensure ‘fair shares for all’ did not undermine the austerity policies that characterized those years. This book draws upon a wide range of source material, including recently declassified documents, to argue that all these little bits did not amount ... More

Keywords: black market, rationing, price control, Britain, austerity, Second World War, fairness, consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588459.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Roodhouse, author
Lecturer in History, University of York

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