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The Edinburgh Festivals: Culture and Society in Post-war Britain

Angela Bartie


The Edinburgh Festival – and the Fringe that it inspired – has been the hub for numerous ‘culture wars ’ since its inception in 1947. This book is the first major study of the origins and development of this leading annual arts extravaganza, examining a moving stage of debate on such issues as the place of culture in society, the practice and significance of the arts, censorship, the role of organised religion, and the meanings of morality. From the beginning, the Edinburgh Festival sought to use culture to bolster European civilisation. For this it was considered for the Nobel Peace Prize in ... More

Keywords: Edinburgh Festival, arts festivals, Fringe, culture, arts, religion, morality, censorship, culture wars, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748670307
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Bartie, author
University of Strathclyde