Imagining the Middle Class
The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c.1780-1840
By (author) Dror Wahrman
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Imagining the Middle Class by Dror Wahrman
Book DescriptionWhy and how did the British people come to see themselves as living in a society centred around a middle class? The answer provided by Professor Wahrman challenges most prevalent historical narratives: the key to understanding changes in conceptualisations of society, the author argues, lies not in underlying transformations of social structure - in this case industrialisation, which supposedly created and empowered the middle class - but rather in changing political configurations. Firmly grounded in a close reading of an extensive array of sources, and supported by comparative perspectives on France and America, the book offers a nuanced model for the interplay between social reality, politics, and the languages of class.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521471275
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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