Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes PhD graduate's work recognised in BBC History Magazine

Monday, 24 September 2012


Recent Brookes PhD graduate, Catherine Flinn, has had her research recognised this month in October's edition of the BBC History Magazine. Her article in the Oxford University Press journal Twentieth Century British History, entitled '"The City of Our Dreams"? The Political and Economic Realities of Rebuilding Britain’s Blitzed Cities, 1945­-54', shows that while building resources and labour were scarce, government severely limited rebuilding city centres in favour of industry and defence in the immediate post-war period. As the magazine notes, this is a riposte to the many criticisms of post-war planners, most of whose schemes were never implemented in the first place. BBC History's 'From the Journals' section - which covers the 'best stories' from many publications - points out how the piece revises many views of post-war politics, austerity and planning itself. Catherine's supervisor, Dr Glen O'Hara, says: "This is a fitting recognition of the excellence of Ceci's original research, and her new thinking about the very nature of post-war Britain." Dr Flinn is now revising the text of her PhD as a book on rebuilding Britain's cities.