The Edwardians / Edition 2

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Overview

Everyone who lived during the reign of Edward VII was an Edwardian, not merely the rich, the literary or the scandalous. In this classic work, Paul Thompson records the life stories of some five hundred Edwardians born between 1872 and 1906 in a pioneering use of oral history, which captures a unique record of their times. Domestics, labourers, skilled and semi-skilled workers, professionals and high society men and women describe their work, their families, their politics and their leisure. The Edwardians establishes and describes the most important dimensions of social change in the early twentieth century: class structure, gender distinctions, age distinctions - urban and rural - and regional differences. It also evaluates the forces for social change in the period: economic pressures, religious and political conviction, feminism and socialism, patriotism and the war, to reveal how near and how far Edwardian society was to revolution in this time of critical social change. By giving a voice to the contribution and experience of ordinary people, Paul Thompson brings the Edwardian era vividly to life. This new edition, is substantially revised and includes a new chapter on Identity and Power, to take into account major historiographical and social changes since its publication in 1975. It has new photographs and an up-to-date bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

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'An ambitious and exciting enterprise.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Must be regarded as an important step in rescuing Edwardian history from what he rightly calls "an academic limbo" ... combines the qualities of readability, breadth of focus, willingness to explain.' - Times Educational Supplement

'Quite the most readable and illuminating piece of historical sociology to have been published in a long time.' - The Observer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415061148
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the interview method in social history
Pt. I Dimensions of inequality
1 Money 3
2 Sustenance 9
3 Country and Town 24
4 Childhood 37
5 Youth 49
6 Men and Women: Adulthood and Old Age 59
Pt. II Edwardians
7 Upper and Middle Class 73
8 The Borderline 89
9 Working Class: The Skilled 103
10 Working Class: The Semi-Skilled 120
11 The Poor 137
Pt. III Instruments of change
12 The Economy 151
13 Escape 164
14 Identity and Power 180
15 Solidarity 195
16 Politics 210
17 The Edwardian Crisis 226
18 War 250
Pt. IV The outcome
19 The Standard of Life 265
20 Family 273
21 Class 284
22 Theory and Practice 293
Notes 314
Note on further reading 326
Index 333
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