Affluence And Authority

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Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.

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Overview

Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.

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"A major achievement...Offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain, as well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health...Highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, the influence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."—John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340763674
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

John Benson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wolverhampton

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The growth of prosperity 1
1 Wealth, comfort and poverty 3
2 Spending and saving 27
3 Health, ill health and good health 55
Pt. 2 The acceptance of authority 83
4 The coercive power of the state 85
5 The manipulative power of religion, education and the media 111
6 The iron disciplines of work 139
Pt. 3 The accommodation of change 163
7 Men and women, parents and children 165
8 The power of class, the power of the nation 192
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