The Edwardians / Edition 2

The Edwardians / Edition 2

by Mr Paul R Thompson, Paul Thompson
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415061148
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/24/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
380
Sales rank:
1,500,297
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. IDimensions of inequality
1Money3
2Sustenance9
3Country and Town24
4Childhood37
5Youth49
6Men and Women: Adulthood and Old Age59
Pt. IIEdwardians
7Upper and Middle Class73
8The Borderline89
9Working Class: The Skilled103
10Working Class: The Semi-Skilled120
11The Poor137
Pt. IIIInstruments of change
12The Economy151
13Escape164
14Identity and Power180
15Solidarity195
16Politics210
17The Edwardian Crisis226
18War250
Pt. IVThe outcome
19The Standard of Life265
20Family273
21Class284
22Theory and Practice293
Notes314
Note on further reading326
Index333

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