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"SWINGING LONDON" REVISITED

Piri Halasz delivered a paper on June 20 at a conference in New Haven of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars on “Transition from Mystery to History: How the Internet Revived My Faith in ‘Swinging London.’”

The paper dealt with the cover story on “Swinging London” that she wrote for Time magazine in 1966, and its changing evaluations over the past 49 years.

Although both cover and its subject were popular favorites when the cover appeared, both were condemned by leading members of the U.S. news media and even more widely in the UK. This negative attitude persisted throughout the remainder of the century in British history books.

However, in the 21st century, both story and its subject are now (at least sometimes) seen in a more positive light.

Dr. Halasz has been able to observe this development through being approached via email by authors preparing newer books on “Swinging London” and by googling her name and “Swinging London” on the Internet.
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