British Soldiers After the War Analytical Essay by Nicky

A review of "Three Men in New Suits" by J.B. Priestley, with reference to "British Society Since 1945" by Arthur Marwick.
# 145744 | 1,949 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2010 in History (British) , Literature (English)

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Based on J.B. Priestley's work "Three Men in New Suits" and Arthur Marwick's "British Society Since 1945", the paper explores the experiences of soldiers in British society after the war. The paper discusses how in the army, these men had rank and some power, however, after the war, these same individuals put on 'normal' clothing and were back to being affected by their social class. The paper identifies the three distinct social classes in post-war Britain and the role of employment and politics in society. The paper explains how after the war, soldiers did not have a job or skill to offer society and they had no real political power either. The paper is of the opinion that Priestley created a valid picture of soldiers' experiences after the war.

From the Paper:

"When Priestley's (1945) men took off their uniforms in favor of standard suits they became affected by social class once again. Class theory considered differences as a sign of conflict between different groups of the population, so the men wanted to blend in with their suits but yet they wanted to retain the respect that they had earned as soldiers. They were conflicted because they were not able to do both. The theory of class, according to Marwick (2003) regarded the population as divided into classes based on qualitative criteria, meaning either/or criteria."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Marwick, Arthur. (2003). British society since 1945: 4th edition. New York: Penguin.
  • Priestly, J.B. (1945). Three men in new suits. New York: Harper.

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