English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980

ISBN-10: 0521604796
ISBN-13: 9780521604796
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: England was the world's first great industrial nation yet, paradoxically, the English have never been comfortable with industrialism. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Martin Wiener explores the English ambivalence towards modern industrial  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

England was the world's first great industrial nation yet, paradoxically, the English have never been comfortable with industrialism. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Martin Wiener explores the English ambivalence towards modern industrial society. His work reveals a pervasive middle- and upper-class frame of mind hostile to industrialism and economic growth. From the middle of the nineteenth century to the present, this hostility shaped a broad spectrum of cultural expression, including literature, journalism, and architecture, as well as social, historical and economic thought. In this new edition Wiener reflects on the original debate surrounding his work and examines the historiography of the past twenty years.

Preface to the first edition
Introduction to the new edition
The Setting
The Janus face of modern English culture
Victorial society: accommodation and absorption
A World View
A counterrevolution of values
The 'English way of life'?
The wrong path?
Toward Behavior: Introduction
Images and politics
The gentrification of the industrialist
Industrialism and English Values
An overview and an assessment
Appendix: British retardation - the limits of economic explanation
Notes
Index

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