By Malcolm McKinnon
Otago University Press
The popular view of the 1930s Depression as a conflict between rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless, is deeply embedded in our national psyche. The Broken Decade is the first account to question this orthodoxy.
The Labour victory in 1935 galvanised the nation and was heralded as a new dawn. Political rhetoric of the time represented Labour’s policies as a radical departure. McKinnon takes the longer view.
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