1948 - Boomtime (1996)

Film details

  • Featuring

    Edith Piaf

  • Countries

    United Kingdom USA

  • Year


  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction

Alternative titles

  • Boomtime: 1948 Alternative


The twelfth programme in a twenty-six part history of the 20th century, featuring eye-witness accounts and archive footage. Tells the story of how prosperity, improved living standards, and mass consumerism came to the people of Western Europe and America in the twenty-five years following the end of the Second World War. Shows how Americans, through the 13 billion dollar Marshall Plan, gave the process a kick-start with massive investment and how west European governments committed themselves to re-building and full employment. Takes the story through to 1973 when the Arab-led oil producers quadrupled oil prices and the era of rising real wages and full employment began to collapse.

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