The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Aristocracy (Social class) - 813 pages
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At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most fortunate people on earth: they held the lion's share of land, wealth and power in the world's greatest empire. By the end of the 1930s they had lost not only a generation of sons in the First World War, but also much of their prosperity, prestige and political significance.David Cannadine shows how this shift came about and how it was reinforced in the aftermath of the Second World War. Lucidly written and sparkling with wit, The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy is a landmark study that dramatically changes our understanding of British social history

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

There was a Punch cartoon during WW II depicting a curate being asked by the vicar as to the state of his breakfast boiled egg (which both knew to have been off). The curate's politically expedient ... Read full review

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User Review  - yooperprof - LibraryThing

Rather brilliantly researched, with some wittily astringent passages about the foibles and follies of the British and Anglo-Irish aristocracies of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Somewhat over-long and repetitive, however. Read full review

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