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Author Perkin, Harold James.

Title The origins of modern English society / Harold Perkin
Edition Second edition
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2002


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Description xx, 465 pages ; 22 cm
Contents I. The More than Industrial Revolution -- II. The Old Society. 1. A Classless Hierarchy. 2. Property and Patronage. 3. A Dynamic Society -- III. The Social Causes of Industrialism. 1. Society and the Ancillary Causes. 2. Society and the Economic Factors. 3. The Problem of Timing -- IV. The Revolution in Social Organization. 1. The Rise in the Scale of Organization. 2. 'Petty's Law' -- V. The Social Consequences of Industrialism. 1. The Revolution in Living Standards. 2. Industrialism and the Family. 3. Urbanization and Society -- VI. The Birth of Class. 1. Industrialism and Class Conflict. 2. 'The Abdication on the Part of the Governors'. 3. The Midwife of Class. 4. The Delayed Birth -- VII. The Struggle between the Ideals. 1. The Entrepreneurial Ideal. 2. The Working-Class Ideal. 3. The Revival of the Aristocratic Ideal. 4. The Forgotten Middle Class -- VIII. The Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Ideal. 1. The Moral Revolution. 2. The Battle for the Mind. 3. The Battle for the State. 4. The Professionalization of Government -- IX. The Rise of a Viable Class Society. 1. The Role of Religion. 2. The Institutionalization of the Middle Class. 3. The Institutionalization of the Working Class -- X. Entrepreneurial Society: Ideal and Reality. 1. Progress and Poverty. 2. The Emerging Plutocracy. 3. The Decline of the Entrepreneurial Ideal
Summary "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." "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. The Origins of Modern English Society maintains its influence as a comprehensive and integrative survey of a crucial period in the development of English society."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Previous ed.: London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Social classes -- England -- History -- 19th century.
England -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
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