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Last-ditch bid to save Derby’s postwar modernist gem from bulldozers

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When Derby launched a competition for the redevelopment of its marketplace in 1970, the winning design was said to be “architecturally effective whatever the function” and praised for its “excellence of conception”. C...

Covid vaccine crisis may be the last straw for the postwar economic consensus

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The proper functioning of any interconnected economic system depends on trust. And a global system that has been designed by advanced economies requires a significant level of buy-in from the developing world. Both be...

Chefs lament the demise of food bible that made postwar British life better

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In his first job in a pub kitchen as a teenager, someone handed Gareth Ward a copy of The Good Food Guide. “I knew nothing about food or restaurants, but I read it cover to cover like it was a fairystory. It blew me a...

The Survivor review – Barry Levinson’s solid postwar boxing drama

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Director Barry Levinson brings the confidence of a professional lifetime to this heartfelt true story of Herschel “Harry” Haft, a tough Polish Jew who boxed as a light heavyweight in the postwar United States, even ta...

‘She was an alchemist’: Edith Heath, the rebel ceramicist who defined postwar California modernism

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For 75 years, no firm has embodied the ethos of casually upscale California design quite like Heath Ceramics. Founded immediately after the second world war by Edith Heath, a largely self-taught ceramicist and potter,...

Klaus Staeck, the provocative artist who challenged postwar Germany’s love of the car

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The green tree dominates the image’s centre, towering over a tangle of highways, which are themselves rendered in shades of dull, newsprint grey. Printed along the bottom in red is a poetic message: Und Neues Leben Bl...

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65 review – a magnificent history lesson

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It would be hard to imagine a more devastating coincidence of art and life than the opening of Postwar Modern in the same week that Ukrainian citizens are murdered by Russian troops. There is no image in the first hal...

‘On the same level as the Nazis’: the film about Germany’s postwar persecution of gay men

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Paragraph 175 sounds innocuous enough. A minor piece of legislation, perhaps, or part of those terms and conditions that any one of us would be forgiven for skimming over. But as the award-winning new film Great Freed...

Top 10 novels about postwar Germany

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My mother, with her wartime childhood, refused to set foot on German soil. But in 1975, I was headed to Berlin. At the airport, she took the gold Virgin Mary from her neck and placed it around mine. Till then my life ...