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Book review: Fracture: Life and Culture in the West 1918-1938 by Philipp Blom

By Francesca Wade  

Fracture: Life and Culture in the West 1918-1938 by Philipp Blom (Atlantic Books, £25)Fracture jacket books

he 1920s, writes historian Philipp Blom, was a defiantly postwar period; the 1930s ominously prewar. In Europe and America, the years between the world wars heralded revolutions both cultural and political: “The old order, the old values, and the old elites had all failed and no valid new ones had yet been established.”

In America, the confusion spawned the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age, while the beautiful and damned defied Prohibition at lively speakeasies. In Paris, a…

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