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English culture and the decline of the industrial spirit, 1850-1980

Author: Martin J Wiener
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd ed., new edView all editions and formats
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England was the world's first great industrial nation. Yet the English have never been comfortable with industrialism. Drawing upon a wide array of sources, Martin Wiener explores the English ambivalence to modern industrial society. His work reveals a pervasive middle- and upper-class frame of mind hostile to industrialism and economic growth. From the middle of the nineteenth century to the present, this frame of  Read more...
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Wiener, Martin J.
English culture and the decline of the industrial spirit, 1850-1980.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004
(DLC) 2004052117
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin J Wiener
ISBN: 9780511735073 0511735073
OCLC Number: 708568816
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 217 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface to the first edition ; Introduction to the new edition ; Part I: The setting; 1 The Janus face of modern English culture ; Cultural values and economic lag ; Progress and its discontents ; The revolution that never was. 2 Victorian society: accommodation and absorption A re-formed elite ; The shaping of a gentleman ; Part II: A world view ; 3 A counterrevolution of values ; The high-water mark of industrial values ; Middle-class intellectuals and gentry values ; 4 The ""English way of life""? North and South ""It's an old country"" ; ""Our England is a garden"" ; In country sleep ; Architecture: the myth made tangible ; The staying power of the Southern Metaphor ; 5 The wrong path? ; Industrialization reappraised ; The American specter ; The snares of economic growth. Part III: Toward behavior Introduction ; 6 Images and politics ; Conservatives: Toryism versus industrial capitalism ; Churchmen: economic growth versus a moral society ; Labour: the vision of ""Merrie England"" ; 7 The gentrification of the industrialist ; Finance versus industry. ""Industry is a leper"" Education and the image of industry ; Industrialists as aspiring gentry ; A gentlemanly economy ; Part IV: Industrialism and English values ; 8 An overview and an assessment ; The cultural domestication of the industrial revolution ; Postindustrialism or de-industrialism?
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