Class in Britain

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 30, 2000 - Social Science - 272 pages
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The British are famously obsessed with class, whether they see their country as a huge (and perhaps harmonious) hierarchy, as a society deeply divided into upper, middle and lower, or as the setting for a constant struggle between them and us. Class distinctions reflect reality - life on a council estate is very different from life in a stately home - but they are also constantly used by politicians to forge new notations of national identity, to demonize opponents, and to distribute praise or blame. are they at all helpful in explaining broader historical trends? In this survey of British life from the era of Dr Johnson to Thatcher, Major and Blair (and their contrasting ideals of a classless society), David Cannadine skilfully cuts through the rhetoric to the fundamental truths about class in Britain - truths which may change the way we think about our society and ourselves.

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David Cannadine is Professor of History and director of the Institute of Historical Research at London University. He is the author of several books including THE PLEASURES OF THE PAST, THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH ARISTROCRACY and HISTORY IN OUR TIME.

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