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The author of the book: Lawrence James
Date of issue: March 6th 2008
ISBN: 0349115435
ISBN 13: 9780349115436
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.11 MB
Edition: Abacus Software

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James writes on the whole journey of the middle class, from their origin as a tiny middle-band of burghers and merchants to their dominance of taste and aspiration. James, a congenial and smooth writer, weaves analysis and anecdote together to show the manner in which, from the 14th century on, the band of merchants hitherto too small to constitute a grouping of any weight very rapidly acquired a degree of self-consciousness and identity which allowed them to play a determinate role in English culture. The making of towns and grammar schools, of shops and businesses, dissenting churches and domestic routines are a source of great vividness, and somewhat convincing historical analysis as far as it goes. Unfortunately it takes us only into the period of their 19th-century "triumph", at which point the author analysis is overpowered by his prejudices, and an animus towards the historical focus on the working class, "whose plight takes up an inordinate amount of space in the school curriculum". By the 20th century, it's virtually incoherent, class groupings having largely shifted from production to consumption. The result is that he finds the middle classes everywhere and nowhere, and the book becomes a characterless social history.

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Ebook The Middle Class read Online! Edwin James Lawrence, most commonly known as Lawrence James, is an English historian and writer.

James graduated with a BA in English & History from the University of York in 1966, and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, James became a full-time writer in 1985.

James has written several works of popular history about the British Empire, and has contributed pieces for Daily Mail, The Times and the Literary Review.

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