An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society : Kentish London 1840-1880 Paperback / softback
Part of the Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World series
First published in 1978. Mid-Victorian Britain was relatively stable in comparison with the turbulent period that preceded it, and that stability is in part explained by the emergence of an artisan elite with a specific relationship to the society around it.
This book examines that elite: its clubs and societies, co-operatives and building societies; its values and ideology, challenging the notion that these artisans directly absorbed middle-class values; its politics, tracing the evolution from Chartism through the Reform League and on to a radical liberalism which existed in constant tension with the local liberal middle class.
A careful reconstruction of the social, political and industrial life of these artisans is set within the context of the local communities, and their understanding of the mid-Victorian society in which they lived is seen as the explanation for their values and activities.
This title makes a major contribution towards our understanding of the nineteenth-century working class.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 302 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/11/2017
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781138647114
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