The Middle Class: A History

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Little, Brown Book Group, Dec 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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This is the enthralling story of the great powerhouse of British history - the middle class. The death of feudalism, the advancement of democracy, the spread of literacy, the industrial and sexual revolutions, the development of mass media - the middle class is never far away, drawing up petitions, pushing for change in attitude and legislation, engaging in philanthropy.

In this scholarly and hugely entertaining account, Lawrence James brings to life the stories of churchmen and charity-workers, lawyers and lobbyists to create an engaging and colourful social and political panorama. Richly textured and highly relevant, this is narrative history at its best.

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"For over 500 years they have provided order, direction and momentum to the life of the nation." This is the final sentence from this long but fascinating book and pretty much sums up the author's ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Lawrence James studied History and English at York University and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, he became a full-time writer in 1985 and is now regarded as one of the finest of narrative historians.

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