Origins of Modern English Society / Edition 2

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Bringing together subjects such as culture, religion, morals, politics, economics, and mentality, Perkin presents and applies a holistic concept of social history in the tradition of great historians of the past.

In this classic text of social history, Harold Perkin explores the emergence of a new form of class society in Victorian England, which differed radically from early modern society. He locates the origins of the modern English class system in the Industrial Revolution, the impact of which went beyond economy and technology, and changed the ways of living and perceptions of the English people in many ways.

Origins of Modern English Society maintains its influence as a comprehensive and integrative survey of a crucial period in the development of English society.

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'It still stands as one of the most encompassing, engaging accounts of the myriad complexities of the world's first Industrial Revolution.' - BBC History Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415298902
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 1,410,671
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2002 Edition
Preface to the First Edition
I The More than Industrial Revolution 1
II The Old Society 17
1 A Classless Hierarchy 17
2 Property and Patronage 38
3 A Dynamic Society 56
III The Social Causes of Industrialism 63
1 Society and the Ancillary Causes 63
2 Society and the Economic Factors 73
3 The Problem of Timing 98
IV The Revolution in Social Organization 107
1 The Rise in the Scale of Organization 107
2 'Petty's Law' 124
V The Social Consequences of Industrialism 134
1 The Revolution in Living Standards 134
2 Industrialism and the Family 149
3 Urbanization and Society 160
VI The Birth of Class 176
1 Industrialism and Class Conflict 178
2 'The Abdication on the Part of the Governors' 183
3 The Midwife of Class 196
4 The Delayed Birth 208
VII The Struggle between the Ideals 218
1 The Entrepreneurial Ideal 221
2 The Working-Class Ideal 231
3 The Revival of the Aristocratic Ideal 237
4 The Forgotten Middle Class 252
VIII The Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Ideal 271
1 The Moral Revolution 273
2 The Battle for the Mind 290
3 The Battle for the State 308
4 The Professionalization of Government 319
IX The Rise of a Viable Class Society 340
1 The Role of Religion 347
2 The Institutionalization of the Middle Class 365
3 The Institutionalization of the Working Class 380
X Entrepreneurial Society: Ideal and Reality 408
1 Progress and Poverty 410
2 The Emerging Plutocracy 428
3 The Decline of the Entrepreneurial Ideal 437
Index 455
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