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A class society at war : England, 1914-1918 /
Bernard Waites.
imprint
Leamington Spa ; New York : Berg ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the US and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1987.
description
303 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0907582656 :
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imprint
Leamington Spa ; New York : Berg ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the US and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1987.
isbn
0907582656 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4455288
 
Bibliography: p. 281-296.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-05:
Waites corrects and partly replaces the standard class analyses of WW I's effects, which emphasize polarization of class and consciousness. Instead, he finds three distinct classes: labor, salariat middle, and capital. His analysis omits the last. Waites argues that apparently contradictory patterns emerged between 1914 and 1920. Classes solidified and homogenized in economics and culture. Yet class conflict was channeled into institutionalized forms, while the political status of the Labour party shot up, and, with it, the possibilities of social democratic politics. The results were greater class solidarity and consciousness, and also a broader, more integrated national ``community of citizenship.'' The book is marked by its origins as a doctoral thesis. Waites argues defensively by speaking through jargon and qualifying excessively. The excellent research and novel analysis, however, compensate for its many shortcomings. Waites has used published and unpublished official records, private papers, extensive contemporary writings, and the most recent scholarship. A final chapter pulls together the somewhat disparate chapters on class language and imagery; income, wealth, and class; structuration; living standards; class awareness and consciousness among industrial workers, and among ``servile'' workers; and secondary education and class. The book is more likely to be mined for its rich lode of information more than it is to be read. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-P.K. Cline, Earlham College
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Choice, May 1988
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Exploring the complex relationship between class and nation, this book attempts to deal with these issues during the Great war.

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