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The Making of the British Middle Class? By Alan Kidd

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The contributors to this volume examine the history of the British middle classes from the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Geography, economy and occupation recur as factors contributing to differentiation between middling social groups.

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The Making of the British Middle Class?: Studies of Regional and Cultural Diversity Since the Eighteenth Century by Alan Kidd

The contributors to this volume examine the history of the British middle classes from the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Geography, economy and occupation recur as factors contributing to differentiation between middling social groups. At the same time, the authors explore the significance for social and political behaviour of shared forms of identity, including a range of cultural practices - religion, voluntary activities and local cultural networks, the cultivation of professional status, education and the language of the press - and their organization and institutional forms: churches, schools, newspapers, voluntary and charitable associations and professional bodies. These several accounts raise broader theoretical and historiographical debates, not least about the vexed question of "class", which are discussed and contextualized by the editors.

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Praising the middling sort? - social identity in 18th-century British newspapers, Bob Harris; not sprung from princes - middling society in 18th-century West Yorkshire, Stephen Caunce; who was master? - class relationships in 19th-century Sheffield, Ruth Grayson; second metropolis - the middle class in early Victorian Liverpool, John Belchem and Nick Hardy; "a republic of Quakers" - the radical bourgeousie, the state and stability in Lancashire, 1789-1851, Brian Lewis; owners and occupiers - property, politics and middle-class formation in early industrial Lancashire, Michael Winstanley; reading the will - cash economy capitalists and urban peasants in the 1830s; R.J. Morris; the platform and the pulpit - cultural networks and civic identities in industrial towns, c.1850-70, Robert Gray; craft, professional and middle-class identity, solicitors and gas engineers, c. 1850-1914, John Garrard and Vivienne Parrott; from personal patronage to public school privilege - social closure in the recruitment of managers in the United Kingdom from the late 19th century to 1930, John M. Quail; Britain's elites in the interwar period, 1918-39, W.D. Rubinstein; neither metropolitan nor provincial - the interwar middle class, Richard Trainor; service, loyalty and leadership - the life tales of British coal masters and the culture of the middle class, c. 18901-1950, Michael Dintenfass; snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the last post of the old city financial elite, 1945-95, Paul Thompson.

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The Making of the British Middle Class?: Studies of Regional and Cultural Diversity Since the Eighteenth Century by Alan Kidd
Alan Kidd
Modern British History S.
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The History Press Ltd
1999-05-20
352
0750917814
9780750917810
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