This chapter examines influential collecting and taste manuals from the
second half of the nineteenth century dedicated to both a male, respectively
a female, audience. After providing a brief history of collecting and its
development in post-revolutionary France, the chapter explains how the
visual and critical discourses about the proper appearance of the modern,
private interior and about the arrangement of objects displayed therein
informed the development of a new historicist, themed aesthetic. This new
aesthetic required a mastermind to supervise the organization of each
interior decorating ensemble within the upper as well as the middle-class
private home - increasingly more decorated in the aftermath of the
Industrial and Consumer Revolutions - paving the way to the work of the
later interior decorators at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of
the twentieth century.
In this chapter, the author, through a family history, speaks of how forced exile persists through generations. He narrates the series of events that took place after he left England and moved to United States, including the catastrophic failures of nuclear reactors. The discussion largely focuses on the incidence of cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity in England, and the impact it had on Anglo-American relations. The author also showcases the differences between English and American cultures.
In this chapter, the author discusses the cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s. The city of the 1920s is often referred to as 'Mr Eastman's town'. Economically, the first three decades of the twentieth century had been described as Rochester's golden age, and the centrality of Eastman-Kodak to the city's prosperity had important cultural consequences. The establishment by George Eastman of the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre in 1922 was the single most important event marking the 'end of provincialism'. The 'Rochester Renaissance' owed a lot to Eastman's wealth and philanthropy .
In this chapter, the author explains the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War. The 'internment of aliens' is a peculiar and rather hysterical measure taken by the British government after Dunkirk. The author describes his father as an alien. He is alien to Britain and to English culture. He came to Britain from Germany in February 1938, was a class C 'enemy alien' (recognised as a genuine refugee, and officially designated a 'friendly' enemy alien). The classifications were made by wartime tribunals set up in Britain in 1939.