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The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars

Peter Scott


This book explores the impacts of the modern suburban semi-detached house on British family life during the 1920s and 1930s—focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on working-class households who moved from cramped inner-urban accommodation to new suburban council or owner-occupied housing estates. Migration to suburbia is shown to have initiated a dramatic transformation in lifestyles—from a ‘traditional’ working-class mode of living, based around long-established tightly knit urban communities, to a recognizably ‘modern’ mode, centred around the home, the nuclear family, and building a b ... More

Keywords: housing, suburbanization, interwar Britain, social history, consumption, house marketing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Scott, author
Professor of International Business History, Henley Business School at the University of Reading