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

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

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521604796

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  • 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.

    • Written at undergraduate level
    • Reflects on the debate surrounding the first edition
    • Updated to reflect more recent historiography over the past few decades
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    "An important book, one that deserves to be read and pondered by everybody who has some portion of Britain's destiny in his (or her) hands." The Economist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521604796
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Introduction to the new edition
    Part I. The Setting:
    1. The Janus face of modern English culture
    2. Victorial society: accommodation and absorption
    Part II. A World View:
    3. A counterrevolution of values
    4. The 'English way of life'?
    5. The wrong path?
    Part III. Toward Behavior: Introduction
    6. Images and politics
    7. The gentrification of the industrialist
    Part IV. Industrialism and English Values:
    8. An overview and an assessment
    Appendix: British retardation - the limits of economic explanation

  • Author

    Martin J. Wiener, Rice University, Houston
    Martin J. Wiener is the Mary Jones Professor of History at Rice University. His previous books include Between Two Worlds: The Political Thought of Graham Wallas (1971), Reconstructing the Criminal (Cambridge, 1990), and Men of Blood: Violence, Manliness, and Criminal Justice in Victorian England (Cambridge, 2003).

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