post war britain

The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News - but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times. The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia - when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and NATO.
—  John Pilger, ‘War by media and the triumph of propaganda’

honestly, when people complain how our generation wastes so much time producing silly things like memes, instagram posts or ‘frivolous’ fb posts about what we ate for lunch- it’s so incredibly myopic.

if we back up this stuff well electronically- we’re leaving a goldmine for historians centuries and centuries from now. one major problem for historians trying to piece together how things were like for people in Ancient Egypt or Roman Britain or any other ancient time period is that you might often not find many surviving records for the mundane stuff people did. Sure, you might find a treaty or decree or poem about XYZ emperor or pharaoh but that means what you know is mostly about the wealthy political class, not the rest of society. You have to infer and fill in the blanks a lot more because you can’t read what people thought in their own words. When you have ‘mundane’ records? An exam question I once did was about the diaries of housewives in immediate post-war Britain, and that was just as important to getting a picture of the late 1940s-50s as whatever the PM or the Queen was saying. Or just like how historians would be really interested in letters penned by low-ranking Roman soldiers, complaining about the shitty weather here and asking for warm socks and underwear. ‘cos how else do you get an idea of how people lived? Roman life wasn’t all speeches and political decrees by emperors and senators. the mundane is important.

personally, i think it’s great. never in human history have so many people been literate and able to leave records in our own words. 

Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart (19277 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: One Direction (Band)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Harry Styles/Louis Tomlinson, Louis Tomlinson/Original Male Character(s), Liam Payne/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Nick Grimshaw, Jeff Azoff, Zayn Malik, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Ok the OMC, is not as bad as it might sound, so please don’t avoid it cause of that, it’s a plot device, 1950s AU, Post War AU, post war britain, Boxer Harry, Mechanic Louis, Baker Harry, Childhood Friends, who lose each other, and then find each other again, Pining, so much pining, very little smut, Slow Burn
Summary:

Louis and Harry had been childhood best friends, but had been separated by evacuation as the city they grew up in was destroyed around them. Now, twelve years later, they are both back in London, and through chance they meet again. In a time when you can’t admit to being gay, for fear of arrest, admitting to your best friend that you love them seems like an insurmountable obstacle.

Featuring boxer Harry and mechanic Louis, much pining, and a lot of post war Britain

—— This fic was amazing!! I read it all in one go and the ending was so touching I cried. It is beautifully written and is so perfectly fitting with the time period, I adore it! Defo a must read!