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The Edwardians : the remaking of British society

Author: Paul Thompson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Everyone who lived during the reign of Edward VII was an Edwardian, not merely the rich, the literary or the scandalous. In this classic work, Paul Thompson records the life stories of some five hundred Edwardians, born between 1872 and 1906, in a pioneering use of oral history, which captures a unique record of their times. Domestics, labourers, skilled and semi-skilled workers, professionals and high society men  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thompson, Paul Richard, 1935-
Edwardians.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1992
(OCoLC)824538508
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Thompson
ISBN: 041506113X 9780415061131 0415061148 9780415061148
OCLC Number: 25130586
Description: xx, 342 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Money --
Sustenance --
Country and town --
Childhood --
Youth --
Men and women: adulthood and old age --
Upper and middle class --
The borderline --
Working class: the skilled --
Working class: the semi-skilled --
The poor --
The economy --
Identity and power --
Solidarity --
Politics --
The Edwardian crisis --
War --
The standard of life --
Family --
Class --
Theory and practice.
Responsibility: Paul Thompson.

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Originally published by Weidenfeld in 1975, this book draws on over 500 interviews with Edwardians born before 1906. The book presents a vivid analysis of social change in the early 20th century.  Read more...

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`An ambitious and exciting enterprise.' - Times Literary Supplement`Must be regarded as an important step in rescuing Edwardian history from what he rightly calls "an academic limbo" ... combines the Read more...

 
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