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Scenes from a Year of Crisis

Nick Rennison

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Old Castle
01 February 2024
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From the Watergate scandal, deposition of Haile Selassie and the expulsion of Solzhenitsyn from the Soviet Union, to ABBA's landmark victory at the Eurovision Song Contest and the production of the very first Volkswagen Golf — a concise, entertaining survey of an important year in 20th-century history, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 1974.

1974 was a year of major changes around the world.

Presidents resigned, emperors were deposed and new governments came to power.

In society, the second wave of feminism grew in strength and the rights of gays and ethnic minorities were more powerfully asserted.

The arts and the entertainment industry were in the midst of a period of great creativity and innovation.

The roots of many aspects of today's societies which we take for granted lie in the 1970s and particularly in this, the pivotal year of the decade.

Imprint:   Old Castle
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9780857305824
ISBN 10:   0857305824
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

NICK RENNISON is a writer, editor and bookseller with a particular interest in modern history and in crime fiction. He is the author of 1922: Scenes from a Turbulent Year, A Short History of Polar Exploration, Peter Mark Roget: A Biography, Freud and Psychoanalysis, Robin Hood: Myth, History & Culture and Bohemian London, published by Oldcastle Books, and the editor of six anthologies of short stories for No Exit Press. He is also the author of The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide to Crime Fiction, 100 Must-Read Crime Novels and Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography. His crime novels, Carver's Quest and Carver's Truth, both set in nineteenth-century London, are published by Corvus. He is a regular reviewer for both The Sunday Times and Daily Mail.

Reviews for 1974: Scenes from a Year of Crisis

Breezy and very readable canter through a seminal 12 months... a finely judged balance between conversational anecdote and genuine insight * Observer * Rennison proves a chatty and amiable guide [and] offers an enjoyable and evocative ramble down Memory Lane * Telegraph * Hugely entertaining... often wryly amusing... plenty of light entertainment and colourful anecdote -- Mail on Sunday Rennison makes an enjoyable and often wry case for that year being a key moment -- BBC History Magazine 

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