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Affluence and authority : a social history of twentieth-century Britain /
John Benson.
imprint
London : Hodder Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, c2005.
description
xvi, 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0340763671 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London : Hodder Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, c2005.
isbn
0340763671 (pbk.)
standard identifier
9780340763674
catalogue key
5359529
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [222]-232) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Benson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wolverhampton.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'This is an ambitious and fascinating book.'
"A major achievement...Offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain, as well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health...Highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, the influence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
@C:"A major achievement. Affluence and Authority offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain. As well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health, he highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, theinfluence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."-John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College,Oxford
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Summaries
Main Description
The turn of the millennium generated a spate of reflections on the state of the nation and the ways in which life in Britain had changed during the course of the twentieth century. Affluence and Authority contributes to this debate by providing a wide-ranging, well-informed and accessibleinterpretation of British social history during a hundred years of profound, and almost certainly unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological change.
Main Description
Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. John Benson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of WolverhamptonProvides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. "A major achievement...Offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain, as well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health...Highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, the influence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
Main Description
Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.
Main Description
Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. John Bensonis Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wolverhampton.Affluence and Authorityprovides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.Affluence and Authorityprovides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. "A major achievement . . . Offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain, as well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health . . . Highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, the influence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."--John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
Main Description
Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. John Bensonis Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wolverhampton.Affluence and Authorityprovides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval.Provides a wide-ranging, well-informed, and accessible interpretation of British social history during a century of profound and unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological upheaval. "A major achievement . . . Offers an original and up-to-date history of twentieth-century Britain, as well as the conventional forces of greater prosperity and better health . . . Highlights the less obvious factors which have defined people's lives: the state, the influence of religion, education, the media, work, as well as the place of class and national allegiances in an increasingly fluid and multicultural Britain. He gives a genuine social history for the twenty-first century."--John Stevenson, Reader in Modern History and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
Bowker Data Service Summary
John Benson provides a wide-ranging, well-informed and accessible interpretation of British social history during a hundred years of profound, and almost certainly unprecedented, economic, political, cultural, demographic and ideological change.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Growth of Prosperityp. 1
Wealth, comfort and povertyp. 3
Spending and savingp. 27
Health, ill health and good healthp. 55
The Acceptance of Authorityp. 83
The coercive power of the statep. 85
The manipulative power of religion, education and the mediap. 111
The iron disciplines of workp. 139
The Accommodation of Changep. 163
Men and women, parents and childrenp. 165
The power of class, the power of the nationp. 192
Conclusionp. 218
Further readingp. 222
Indexp. 233
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