The Penguin Social History of Britain: English Society in the Eighteenth Century

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Penguin UK, Nov 1, 2001 - History - 448 pages
A portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

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User Review  - raschneid - LibraryThing

Took a while, but this was an excellent, readable book about life and society in eighteenth-century Britain (an era that gets mysteriously overlooked, despite people's interested in France at the same ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Garlen - Goodreads

This is absolutely one of the best books ever written about the English 18th century. Porter has a wry sense of humor, and the details and anecdotes woven into the data make the information palatable and even fun. If you really want an introduction to the age, this is the place to begin. Read full review


Editorial Foreword
The Social Order
Power Politics and the
Keeping Life Going
Getting and Spending
Having and Enjoying
Changing Experiences
Towards Industrial Society

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Roy Porter was, until his retirement, Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. He died in 2002.

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