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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Class in Britain by David Cannadine. Class in Britain by David Cannadine. David Cannadine's unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own society.
From the eighteenth through the twentieth century, he traces the different ways British society has been viewed, unveiling the different purposes each model has served. This is a social, intellectual and political history a David Cannadine's unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own society.
This is a social, intellectual and political history and a powerful account of how and why class has shaped British identity. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 30th by Penguin first published September 10th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2.
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British history is fucking boring. Jun 25, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , politics. It's interesting to see the mixed reactions to this book. I give it 5 stars. I think it is one of the more interesting, insightful, and valuable political books I have read. It starts out by discussing three historical ways British people have viewed class in their society. It does not "subscribe" to any one of these as the singularly accurate picture of British society.
At first I felt great disagreement with him--because I thought he was disagreeing with Marx and perhaps he is--but actually t It's interesting to see the mixed reactions to this book. At first I felt great disagreement with him--because I thought he was disagreeing with Marx and perhaps he is--but actually that isn't the point here and trying to soft pedal the harshness of privilege differences.
That is why the negative reviews here--very comprehensible to me, and my first reaction also. I just disagreed with him through almost half of the book.
But once you get to the second half, after he's presented the three popular and historical "envisionments" of class structure in Britian, you realize he isn't talking about which description is correct.
He's talking about how British people understand their own society, correctly or incorrectly. What this book is about is how heirarchy in British society and the justification for it and the way it plays out politically and by extrapolation I think in many if not all societies is a matter not just of fact but of popular belief and also institutional ritual.
And the key he is talking about is that the description is something that people come to believe, feel outrage or righteousness about, and see their part in as an important part of their identity.
There is very useful thinking about Thatcher and Major in this regard and where they stood vis a vis working people and the traditional aristocracy. This is something so clearly happening in the U.
This book is important and insightful. I'm a transatlantic--U. I rate if 5 stars. Sep 10, Andrew rated it liked it. This was a good book and it made me think a little towards the end which is always really quite good for any book!! It's a historical tex This was a good book and it made me think a little towards the end which is always really quite good for any book!!
It's a historical text book really which tries to do the impossible Another post Thatcher present. Regardless I enjoyed this despite it being a read to savour rather than devour. Jun 02, G. Wide-ranging account, through the lens of class, of how "British society has been observed and imagined, envisaged and understood" p. For me the most interesting chapter was the last one, which discusses class in the world-views of Thatcher, Major, and Blair.
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The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain
Class in Britain. David Cannadine. David Cannadine's unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own society. From the eighteenth through the twentieth century, he traces the different ways British society has been viewed, unveiling the different purposes each model has served.
Class in Britain
Although it is widely believed that the British are obsessed with class to a degree unrivaled by any other nation, politicians in Britain are now calling for a "classless society," and scholars are concluding that class does not matter any more. But has class -- once considered the master narrative of British history -- fallen, failed, and been dismissed? In this wholly original and brilliantly argued book, David Cannadine shows that Britons have indeed been preoccupied with class, but in ways that are invariably ignorant and confused. Cannadine sets out to expose this ignorance and banish this confusion by imaginatively examining class itself, not so much as the history of society but as the history of the different ways in which Britons have thought about their society.