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The middle class : a history

Author: Lawrence James
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2006.
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This is the enthralling story of the great powerhouse of British history - the middle class. The death of feudalism, the advancement of democracy, the spread of literacy, the industrial and sexual revolutions, the development of mass media - the middle class is never far away, drawing up petitions, pushing for change in attitude and legislation, engaging in philanthropy. In this scholarly and hugely entertaining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence James
ISBN: 0316861200 9780316861205
OCLC Number: 70059631
Description: xii, 690 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: Roots and antecedents: 1350-1720 --
Strings upon a harp : order and change --
Duty and order : the hierarchy of discipline --
Common consent : hierarchy and power --
Those of eminent blood : the gentry --
Golden hooks : the professions --
A heavy purse : buying and selling --
Dexterous men : credit and money men --
Diverse be their wits : the value and uses of learning --
Godly matrons : wives and daughters --
Part Two: The middle class emerges: 1720-1832 --
The gigantic power of man : a new age --
Benefits to the country : revolutions --
Usefulness : identities and aspirations --
Genteel chimney pieces : patterns of consumption --
Improvement in friendship and knowledge : association and reading --
Worthy labours : christianity, coercion and charity --
Domestic happiness : marriage, children and morality --
A Post hoffice directory ... man : snobberies --
Part Three: The triumph of the middle classes: 1832-1914 --
Work : middle-class values --
Exclusiveness : social arithmetic --
A good time coming : class politics, 1832-1885 --
Private property is public robbery : new politics and old tensions, 1886-1914 --
Dangerous classes : correction and compassion --
Put your playthings away : faith and morals --
To live decently before his fellows : the triumph of the public schools --
The new woman : marriage and its alternatives --
Be imaginative : diversions, mostly outdoors --
Philistines : middle-class cultures --
Am I making progress? : happiness, identity and prospects in 1914 --
Part Four: Stress and survival: 1914-2005 --
People seem to lose their way : continuity and change, 1914-1951 --
Make the good life better : prosperity and permissiveness, 1951-1979 --
The decent crowd : tensions, 1918-1979 --
One of themselves : Mrs Thatcher and Tony Blair, 1979-2005 --
Don't let them sch ... on Britain : good causes --
Freeing us from ourselves : old creeds and new morals --
Usefulness and success : education --
Bella vista : the suburban universe --
Vulnerable, dependent, emotional human beings : wives and families --
Have a capstan and make friends : pleasures and anxieties --
I'm proud of being middle-class : identities, past and future.
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