A Social History of England, 1851-1990
Francois Bedarida's elegant and persuasive essay on the main themes of British history since the mid-nineteenth century has been a popular text for students of the British Empire. In this edition of his widely-acclaimed work, Bedarida has added a substantial analysis of recent English history from 1975 to 1990. He takes a detached, perceptive, and quizzical view of the transformation of British society over the last fifteen years; a time which has witnessed a transformation of the British into a nation of go-getting, home-owning, share-owning entrepreneurs. While acknowledging that two-thirds of British society are better-off for the changes, Bedarida emphasizes the costs of development. He focuses on the British 'under-class', the one-third of the population living below the poverty line and sliding irrevocably into squalor and oblivion. Critical, but not without hope, Bedarida finds in Britain's increasingly fragmented and individualistic society a collective conscience which continues to flicker.
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THE MERITS OF HIERARCHY
POWER AND CONSENSUS
THE SPLENDOUR AND SQUALOR OF A GOLDEN AGE
THE IMMUTABLE CLASS SYSTEM
THE SLOWLY CHANGING SOCIAL LANDSCAPE
A disrupted society
DECADENCE OR WISDOM?
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