Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870-1914
By (author) Julie Marie Strange
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Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870-1914 by Julie Marie Strange
Book DescriptionWith high mortality rates, it has been assumed that the poor in Victorian and Edwardian Britain did not mourn their dead. Contesting this approach, Julie-Marie Strange studies the expression of grief among the working class, demonstrating that poverty increased - rather than deadened - it. She illustrates the mourning practices of the working classes through chapters addressing care of the corpse, the funeral, the cemetery, commemoration, and high infant mortality rates. The book draws on a broad range of sources to analyse the feelings and behaviours of the labouring poor, using not only personal testimony but also fiction, journalism, and official reports. It concludes that poor people did not only use spoken or written words to express their grief, but also complex symbols, actions and, significantly, silence. This book will be an invaluable contribution to an important and neglected area of social and cultural history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521838573
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julie Marie Strange
Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865-1914, Hardback (January 2015)
A pioneering study of Victorian and Edwardian fatherhood, investigating what being, and having, a father meant to working-class people.
Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870-1914, Paperback (September 2010)
A study of expression of grief among the working class in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
20th Century Britain, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Julie Marie Strange
Over the course of the twentieth century, British social conditions and expectations have improved significantly, as has economic performance. This work addresses the complexities of Britain's changing character, providing an accessible introduction to the economic and social development of modern Britain.
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Author Biography - Julie Marie Strange
Julie-Marie Strange is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Manchester.
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