Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820's to the 1920's 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Professor John Burnett
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Useful Toil by Professor John Burnett
Book DescriptionUseful Toil engages freshly and directly with the 'ordinary' people of the nineteenth century. John Burnett has assembled twenty seven telling extracts from the diaries and autobiographies of working people - wheelwrights and stone-masons, miners and munition workers, butlers and kitchen maids, navvies, carpenters, potters and ship assistants to list only a few. The men and women who speak in these pages concentrate on their working experiences, though they also write about their homes and their fears. They thus reveal, often unconsciously, the essence of their attitudes, values and beliefs. Burnett's broad and sympathetic introductions focus and contextualise the wealth of material. These stories provide the antithesis of 'great name' history, yet they constantly touch on human experiences that are timeless and universal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415103992
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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