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Aspects of Aristocracy By Mr David Cannadine

Aspects of Aristocracy

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A collection of essays on the British aristocracy over the last 200 years, including pieces on Lord Curzan, Winston Churchill and Vita Sackville-West. The book aims to change the perceptions of the aristocracy - transforming wastrels into heroes and the self-satisfied into the second-rate.
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Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain by Mr David Cannadine

In this collection of essays, David Cannadine starts with the birth of a truly British upper class between the 1780s and 1820s, when a comparatively small group of families consolidated their grip on the levers of wealth, power and prestige. This broad historical background explains the careers of people like Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India who became the great ceremonial impressario of the British Empire, and Winston Churchill, who, even in 1940, was widely regarded as a typical patrician adventurer. In considering some of the more famous aristocratic dynasties, Cannadine reconstructs the financial history of the dukes of Devonshire and offers his own assessment of Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West. The text concludes with an attack on the way in which present aristocrates have managed to become subsidized guardians of their former stately homes.

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Table of Contents

Processes and problems: the making of the British upper classes; aristocratic indebtedness in the 19th century; nobility and mobility in modern Britain. Individuals in context: Lord Curzon as ceremonial impressario; Lord Strickland - imperial aristocrat adventurer. The dynastic perspective: the landowner as millionaire - the finances of the dukes of Devonshire; landowners, lawyers and litterateurs - the Cozens-Hardys of Letheringsett; portrait of more than a marriage - Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West revisited. Beyond the country house. Appendixes: aristocratic indebtedness in the 19th century; the Churchills; the Devonshires; the Cozens-Hardys; the Nicolsons and the Sackville-Wests.

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Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain by Mr David Cannadine
Mr David Cannadine
Penguin history
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