Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties by Lucy Moore

By Lucy Moore

A thrilling portrait of the period of jazz, glamour, and gangsters from a vibrant younger superstar of mainstream heritage writing.

The glitter of Twenties the United States used to be seductive, from jazz, flappers, and wild all-night events to the delivery of Hollywood and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing less than Prohibition. however the interval was once additionally punctuated via momentous events-the political express trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, the large Ku Klux Klan march down Washington DC's Pennsylvania Avenue-and it produced a dizzying array of writers, musicians, and movie stars, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin.

In Anything Goes, Lucy Moore interweaves the tales of the compelling humans and occasions that characterised the last decade to provide a gripping portrait of the Jazz Age. She finds that the Roaring Twenties have been greater than simply "the years among wars." It used to be an epoch of ardour and alter- an age, she observes, now not not like our personal.

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But self-government does not necessarily imply independence. 9 But at the same time the concept of autonomia changed its meaning: it no longer implied full independence, but simply self-government. On the other hand, autonomia became a much more conspicuous concept in the relations between city-states after the King’s Peace in 386 bc and in the relations between city-states and monarchies in the Hellenistic Age. Autonomia was with ever greater frequency bound up with polis. In the Hellenistic kingdoms all poleis were actually subordinate to the ruling monarch, but in 50 Chapter 6 di·erent degrees.

Fifty years ago Moses Finley—and many in his wake—believed that there was no trace of the Classical polis in the Homeric poems. 18 Nowadays everybody accepts that polis in the sense of city-state is to be found in the poems,19 and there can be no doubt at all that a public that listened, in the sixth century bc, to 42 Chapter 5 a recitation of the Odyssey would instinctively have seen the polis of the Phaiakians as a Greek colony founded by Nausithoos (Od. 7–10, 262–72); and the description in the Iliad of the two poleis on the shield of Achilleus (Il.

12 And in the western part of the Roman Empire many cities sickened or completely disappeared as a result of the early medieval migrations. In the eastern half, by contrast, there were poleis that still had the characteristics of city-states in the fifth century ad, and even into the sixth. 14 Corresponding to the nature of pagan religions, every polis had its own religious festivals and its own pantheon of gods: but now the pagan gods were abolished by a religion that did not permit local variations.

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