The Decline And Fall Of The British Aristocracy

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Vintage
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Description : Updated with a new preface, a multifaceted historical chronicle explains how the British notables and nobles lost their wealth, power, and prestige, and describes the breakup of the great landed estates and the erosion of the system of titles and honors. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.


Ornamentalism

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Penguin UK
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Description : The British Empire has generally been seen as a racist empire (most influentially in Edward Said's ORIENTALISM). While not wholly denying this, Cannadine, in this funny, often horrifying book, suggests a different dynamic. The British rulers were motivated not by race but by class - they loathed Indians or Africans no more or less than they loathed the great majority of Englishmen, dreaming of an empire based on deference and feudalism. The often farcical gap between these views and reality make ORNAMENTALISM both highly enjoyable and extremely provocative for anyone wishing to understand how the British Empire really worked.


Victorious Century

Author by : David Cannadine
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Description : A sweeping history of nineteenth-century Britain by one of the world's most respected historians. "An evocative account . . .[Cannadine] tells his own story persuasively and exceedingly well.” —The Wall Street Journal To live in nineteenth-century Britain was to experience an astonishing and unprecedented series of changes. Cities grew vast; there were revolutions in transportation, communication, science, and work--all while a growing religious skepticism rendered the intellectual landscape increasingly unrecognizable. It was an exhilarating time, and as a result, most of the countries in the world that experienced these changes were racked by political and social unrest. Britain, however, maintained a stable polity at home, and as a result it quickly found itself in a position of global leadership. In this major new work, leading historian David Cannadine has created a bold, fascinating new interpretation of nineteenth-century Britain. Britain was a country that saw itself at the summit of the world and, by some measures, this was indeed true. It had become the largest empire in history: its political stability positioned it as the leader of the new global economy and allowed it to construct the largest navy ever built. And yet it was also a society permeated with doubt, fear, and introspection. Repeatedly, politicians and writers felt themselves to be staring into the abyss and what is seen as an era of irritating self-belief was in fact obsessed with its own fragility, whether as a great power or as a moral force. Victorious Century is a comprehensive and extraordinarily stimulating history--its author catches the relish, humor and staginess of the age, but also the dilemmas faced by Britain's citizens, ones we remain familiar with today.


The Undivided Past

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Penguin UK
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Description : An impassioned, controversial plea for us to recognise the importance of writing history - from world-famous historian David Cannadine David Cannadine is one of Britain's most distinguished historians and this is his masterpiece. The Undivided Past is an agonised attempt to understand how so much of the writing of history has been driven by a fatal desire to dramatize differences - to create an 'us versus them'. Great works of history have so often had at their heart a wish to sift people in ways that have been profoundly damaging and provided the intellectual backing and justification for terrible political decisions. Again and again, categories have been found--whether religion, nation, class, gender, race or 'civilization'--that have sought to explain world events by fabricating some malevolent or helpless 'other'. This book is above all an appeal to common humanity. We seem doomed always to fall (most recently in the wake of 9/11) into the 'us versus them' trap, but there is no reason why the history we read and write should not be much better than this and describe what we all have in common rather than what divides us. About the author: Sir David Cannadine is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Penguin History of Europe and Penguin History of Britain. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Chair of the Blue Plaques Committee. His major books include The Rise and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism and Mellon: A Life. He is currently writing the Penguin History of Victorian Britain. He has previously taught at Cambridge, Columbia and London universities.


Class In Britain

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Penguin UK
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Description : 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 and a powerful account of how and why class has shaped British identity.


In Churchill S Shadow

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Oxford University Press on Demand
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Description : With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine offers an intriguing look at ways in which perceptions of a glorious past have continued to haunt the British present, often crushing efforts to shake them off. The book centers on Churchill, a titanic figure whose influence spanned the century. Though he was the savior of modern Britain, Churchill was a creature of the Victorian age. Though he proclaimed he had not become Prime Minister to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire, in effect he was doomed to do just that. And though he has gone down in history for his defiant orations during the crisis of World War II, Cannadine shows that for most of his career Churchill's love of rhetoric was his own worst enemy. Cannadine turns an equally insightful gaze on the institutions and individuals that embodied the image of Britain in this period: Gilbert & Sullivan, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, the National Trust, and the Palace of Westminster itself, the home and symbol of Britain's parliamentary government. This superb volume offers a wry, sympathetic, yet penetrating look at how national identity evolved in the era of the waning of an empire.


The Rise And Fall Of Class In Britain

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : In this wholly original and brilliantly argued book, the author shows that Britons have indeed been preoccupied with class, but in ways that are invariably ignorant and confused.


British Identity In World War I

Author by : Mary K. Laurents
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Publisher by : Lexington Books
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Description : This book analyzes the development of the Lost Generation narrative following the First World War. The author examines narratives that illustrate the fracture of upper-class identity, including well-known examples of the Lost Generation—Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, and Vera Brittain—as well as other less typical cases—George Mallory and JRR Tolkien—to demonstrate the effects of the First World War on British society, culture, and politics.


The Poverty Of Planning

Author by : Benno Engels
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Description : In The Poverty of Planning, Benno Engels examines the factors that contributed to the rejection of urban planning in nineteenth-century England.


Ornamentalism

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Oxford University Press, USA
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Description : Ornamentalism is a vividly evocative account of a vanished era, a major reassessment of Britain and its imperial past, and a trenchant and disturbing analysis of what it means to be a post-imperial nation today.


The Marquess Of Londonderry

Author by : N.C. Fleming
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Publisher by : Bloomsbury Publishing
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Description : The decline and fall of the British aristocracy looked headlong and irreversible in the twentieth century yet many grandees tried to preserve their power, wealth and influence by every means - and with some success. There is no better example than the Seventh Marquess of Londonderry whose life from 1878 to 1949 spanned and mirrored the period. The Londonderrys had enjoyed immense wealth in land and minerals in Britain and Ireland for centuries, played leading roles in Parliament and the state, and in an earlier time the Seventh Marquess would have continued in the family tradition of patrician prominence. Drawing upon original state and family papers, N.C. Fleming places the Londonderrys in the context of the history and the political theory of aristocracy and shows the constant struggle - not without success - against marginalisation. The theme runs through Londonderry's career as Conservative MP, on the Irish Viceroy's Council, as a junior minister in Lloyd Geroge's coalition, at the Air Ministry with Trenchard - the 'father of the RAF' - and in the National Government. Perhaps an element of desperation entered in his private business ventures and with contacts with the far Right - all in sharp contrast to past family achievement.


Country House Society

Author by : Pamela Horn
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Publisher by : Amberley Publishing Limited
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Description : Forget glossy period dramas, here is the real story of Britain's super-rich from the First World War to the end of the 'roaring' twenties.


George V Penguin Monarchs

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Penguin UK
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Description : For a man with such conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact. Almost despite himself he marked a decisive break with his flamboyant predecessor Edward VII, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on frequent public appearances, family values and duty. George V was an effective war-leader and inventor of 'the House of Windsor'. In an era of ever greater media coverage--frequently filmed and initiating the British Empire Christmas broadcast--George became for 25 years a universally recognised figure. He was also the only British monarch to take his role as Emperor of India seriously. While his great rivals (Tsar Nicolas and Kaiser Wilhelm) ended their reigns in catastrophe, he plodded on. David Cannadine's sparkling account of his reign could not be more enjoyable, a masterclass in how to write about Monarchy, that central--if peculiar--pillar of British life.


Doing Culture Doing Politics

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Allen Lane
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Aristocratic Women And Political Society In Victorian Britain

Author by : K. D. Reynolds
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Publisher by : Oxford University Press
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Description : This study of gender and power in Victorian Britain is the first book to examine the contribution made by women to the public culture of the British aristocracy in the 19th century. Based on a wide range of archival sources, it explores the roles of aristocratic women in public life, from their country estates to the salons of Westminster and the royal court. Reynolds also shows that a partnership of authority between men and women was integral to aristocratic life, thus making an important contribution to the separate spheres debate. Moreover, she reveals in full the crucial role that these women played at all levels of political activity--from local communities to the national electoral process. The book is both a lively portrait of women's experiences in modern Britain and a corrective to the view of the upper-class Victorian woman as a passive social butterfly.


The British Aristocracy In Popular Culture

Author by : Stefania Michelucci,
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Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : As traditional social hierarchies fall away, ever steeper levels of economic inequality and the entrenchment of new class distinctions lend a new glamor to the idea of aristocracy: witness the worldwide popularity of Downton Abbey, or the seemingly insatiable public fascination with the private lives of the British royal family. This collection of new essays investigates the enduring attraction to the icon of the aristocrat and the spectacle of aristocratic society. It traces the ambivalent reactions the aristocracy provokes and the needs (political, ideological, psychological, and otherwise) it caters to in modern times when the economic power of the landed classes have been eroded and their political role curtailed. In this interdisciplinary collection, aristocracy is considered from multiple viewpoints, including British and American literature, European history and politics, cultural studies, linguistics, visual arts, music, and media studies.


Mellon

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Vintage
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Description : A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government, and philanthropy, leaving his transformative stamp on each. Andrew Mellon, one of America’s greatest financiers, built a legendary personal fortune from banking to oil to aluminum manufacture, tracking America’s course to global economic supremacy. As treasury secretary under Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and finally Hoover, Mellon made the federal government run like a business–prefiguring the public official as CEO. He would be hailed as the architect of the Roaring Twenties, but, staying too long, would be blamed for the Great Depression, eventually to find himself a broken idol. Collecting art was his only nonprofessional gratification and his great gift to the American people, The National Gallery of Art, remains his most tangible legacy.


The Image Of The English Gentleman In Twentieth Century Literature

Author by : Christine Berberich
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Studies of the English gentleman have tended to focus mainly on the nineteenth century, encouraging the implicit assumption that this influential literary trope has less resonance for twentieth-century literature and culture. Christine Berberich challenges this notion by showing that the English gentleman has proven to be a remarkably adaptable and relevant ideal that continues to influence not only literature but other forms of representation, including the media and advertising industries. Focusing on Siegfried Sassoon, Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh and Kazuo Ishiguro, whose presentations of the gentlemanly ideal are analysed in their specific cultural, historical, and sociological contexts, Berberich pays particular attention to the role of nostalgia and its relationship to 'Englishness'. Though 'Englishness' and by extension the English gentleman continue to be linked to depictions of England as the green and pleasant land of imagined bygone days, Berberich counterbalances this perception by showing that the figure of the English gentleman is the medium through which these authors and many of their contemporaries critique the shifting mores of contemporary society. Twentieth-century depictions of the gentleman thus have much to tell us about rapidly changing conceptions of national, class, and gender identity.


Musical Comedy On The West End Stage 1890 1939

Author by : L. Platt
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Publisher by : Springer
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Description : This book offers the first full historical treatment of a music theatre that was once at the centre of London's West End. From the late Victorian period to the early 1920s, musical comedy was the single most popular form of 'legitimate' theatre entertainment. This lively account establishes musical comedy as one of the first industrial cultures and offers fascinating insights into how it functioned ideologically as a celebrated embracing of the modern condition.


Sutherland Estate 1850 1920

Author by : Annie Tindley
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Publisher by : Edinburgh University Press
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Description : From the mid-nineteenth century until the end of World War I, the Sutherland Estate was the largest landed estate in western Europe; at 1.1 million acres, the ducal family owned almost the entire county of Sutherland as well as a further 30,000 acres in England. The estate was owned by the dukes of Sutherland, who were among the richest patrician landowners of the period; from the early nineteenth century, however, the family were shadowed by their reputation as great clearance landlords, something that would come back to haunt them throughout the coming decades


The Richer The Poorer

Author by : Stewart Lansley
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Publisher by : Policy Press
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Description : This landmark book charts the roller coaster history of both rich and poor, and the mechanisms that link them. Stewart Lansley examines the ideological rifts that have driven society back to the divisions of the past and asks why rich and poor citizens are still judged by very different standards.


Fashionable Acts

Author by : Jennifer Hall-Witt
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Publisher by : UPNE
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Description : A vibrant look at changes in British elite culture through the lens of opera-going


A Question Of Retribution

Author by : David Canadine
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Through previously unpublished documents, this volume revisits the public furore 40 years ago when the British Academy chose not to expel from its Fellowship the eminent art historian, Anthony Blunt, who had been exposed as a former Soviet spy. David Cannadine portrays the main characters in this episode which rocked the academic establishment.


The European Nobility 1400 1800

Author by : Jonathan Dewald
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Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : An authoritative and accessible survey of the European nobility over four centuries.


George V

Author by : David Cannadine
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Publisher by : Penguin Monarchs
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Description : Although he was not born to be king, in many ways, George V created the modern British monarchy. His reign marked a decisive break with his cosmopolitan and promiscuous father, emphasizing family values and a sense of public duty. He also changed his family name to 'Windsor' and was the first monarch to deliver an annual Christmas broadcast. George V was the only British sovereign who was also crowned Emperor of India, a focus of patriotic loyalty during the First World War - keeping his throne while his cousins, the Russian Tsar and the German Emperor, both lost theirs - and the first British monarch to appoint a Labour prime minister. David Cannadine's sparkling account of George V's reign is a masterclass in historical portraiture; offering many new insights into the king who was also the present Queen's grandfather, who doted on her and hoped that one day she would inherit the throne.


English Landed Society In The Great War

Author by : Edward Bujak
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Publisher by : Bloomsbury Publishing
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Description : The extent to which the Great War impacted upon English landed society is most vividly recalled in the loss of young heirs to ancient estates. English Landed Society in the Great War considers the impact of the war on these estates. Using the archives of Country Life, Edward Bujak examines the landed estate that flourished in England. In doing so, he explores the extent to which the wartime state penetrated into the heartlands of the landed aristocracy and gentry, and the corrosive effects that the progressive and systematic militarization of the countryside had on the authority of the squire. The book demonstrates how the commitment of landowners to the defence of an England of home and beauty - an image also adopted in wartime propaganda - ironically led to its transformation. By using the landed estate to examine the transition from Edwardian England to modern Britain, English Landed Society in the Great War provides a unique lens through which to consider the First World War and its impact on English society.


A As Level History For Aqa Challenge And Transformation Britain C1851 1964 Student Book

Author by : Thomas Dixon
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Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the AQA 2015 A/AS Level History. Written for the AQA A/AS Level History specifications for first teaching from 2015, this print Student Book covers the Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851-1964 Breadth component. Completely matched to the new AQA specification, this full-colour Student Book provides valuable background information to contextualise the period of study. Supporting students in developing their critical thinking, research and written communication skills, it also encourages them to make links between different time periods, topics and historical themes.


Wollstonecraft S Daughters

Author by : Clarissa Campbell Orr
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Publisher by : Manchester University Press
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Description : This work explores Mary Wollstonecraft's 19th-century legacy in relation to three themes integral to her work: the nature of motherhood, religion and the empowerment of women, and women's contribution to the sciences of man. The introduction provides a comparative framework for French and English women and situates each essay within current historical debates.


Man And Horse

Author by : Andrew Sinclair
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Publisher by : History PressLtd
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Description : Man and Horse is a magisterial history of the mounted warrior and the relationship with his steed. Andrew Sinclair takes as his inspiration Walter Prescott Webb's seminal work, The Great Plains. The horse until very recently has been the decisive factor in determining military success. Great exponents of the art of equestrian warfare include, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, King Arthur, Saladin, the Knights of the Templar, the Reivers of the Scottish Borders, the Mongols, North American Indians, the Confederate forces during the American Civil War and the Boers. Sinclair also explores the uses of the horse by highwaymen and figures such as Ned Kelly. Andrew Sinclair brilliantly shows that the art of warfare from horseback with its culture of mobility has always been at conflict with the urban domesticated culture. This tension has created much of the great art and culture of humankind. This is a hugely ambitious and exhilarating book that cannot fail to enthral and stimulate.


Champagne Shambles

Author by : Catherine Beale
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Publisher by : The History Press
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Description : Champagne and Shambles is essential reading for anyone who has visited country houses in Britain and wondered why they ceased to be homes and, if not destroyed, instead became 'national treasures', rescued by the National Trust, English Heritage or other groups and individuals for preservation. Catherine Beale uses the real-life period drama of the irrespressible Johnny Arkwright (1833-1905) to illustrate how landowners saw their world disintegrate and disappear. Crucially she reconnects the country house to the land which surrounded it and reveals that many of the issues facing the countryside today are not new. Johnny Arkwright's spirited personality animates every page, but even his extraordinary energy cannot resist the enemies that muster against his kind, including urban expansion, state legislation, anti-landlordism, imported foods and even the great British weather. Champagne and Shambles rescues our national treasures from nostalgia and repopulates them with real people facing frightening times, showing how it felt to let such a rich inheritance go.