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The Roaring Twenties has become one of the best defined (and analysed) decades in modern history. The “Jazz Age”: Flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Lilian Gish, Gloria Swanson, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, DH Lawrence, Bright Young Things and Gatsby. It is seen as a time of hedonism for many, fuelled by music, art, fashion, technology and seemingly a never-ending string of parties. Emerging from the horror of the First World War, this was a generation determined to cling to the joys of life with everything they had. Dismissing the conventions and norms that held sway before the war, they created – new styles, new moralities and, in many ways, new methods of self-destruction.

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