Saving and Spending: The Working-class Economy in Britain, 1870-1939
How did working-class families make ends meet in the face of low, and often erratic, wages? This unusual piece of working-class social history explores the various ways that British industrial families and local communities responded to this most pressing of practical problems, and offers some stimulating new observations about economic survival for the working classes of late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain.
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