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Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

ISBN-10: 0375703683
ISBN-13: 9780375703683
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Cannadine
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Description: "A brilliant, multifaceted chronicle of economic and social change." --The New York Times "No praise can be too high." --The New York Review of Books At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most  More...

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List price: $25.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

"A brilliant, multifaceted chronicle of economic and social change." --The New York Times "No praise can be too high." --The New York Review of Books 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. Deftly orchestrating an enormous array of documents and letters, facts, and statistics, David Cannadine shows how this shift came about--and how it was reinforced in the aftermath of the Second World War. Astonishingly learned, 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. "Cannadine has produced a great book, one that is comprehensive in its scope, and of critical importance."                                                                    --London Review of Books

Preface to the Vintage Edition
Preface to the 1992 Edition
List of Abbreviations
A Note on Sources
Prologue: Presuppositions and Problems
The Embattled Elite
The Decline and Dispersal of Territorial Wealth
The Erosion of Local Control
The Eclipse of a Senatorial Order
The Demise of Patrician Professionals
The 'Corruption' of Public Life
The Dilution of Select Society
From Leisured Class to Labouring Aristocracy
Lost Causes and Disappointed Hopes
The Politics of Paranoia
The Reconstruction of Social Prestige
The Second World War
The End of the Affair
Epilogue: Perceptions and Perspectives
The Greatest British Landowners, c. 1880
Patrician Members of British Cabinets, 1880-1980
Senior Posts in the Foreign and Diplomatic Services
Titled Company Directors, 1896 and 1920
Patrician Mayors of British Towns, 1880-1945
Chancellors of British Universities, 1880-1945
Viceroys of India and Governors-General of British Dominions
Patterns of Estate Ownership, 1876-1976
Notes
Index

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