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R.J. Morris reveals how middle class families survived and surmounted the economic difficulties of early industrial England through an examination of wills, family papers, property deeds, account books and letters from the period. He argues that these families were essentially "networked" families created and affirmed by "gift" networks of material goods, finance, services and support--with property very much at the center of their middle class family strategies.
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"...an important contribution to our understanding of the interplay of social, economic, and cultural factors in the life cycle of the English middle-class family."
- American Historical Review, John Broad, London Metropolitan UniversitySee more reviews
"...a revealing and accomplished piece of scrupulously researched scholarship..."
- H-Albion, Brian Lewis, Department of History, McGill University
"Men. Women and Property is written with the verve of one both comfortable in the methodology of his disciple and knowledgeable about his subject, the middle class of Victorian Leeds. It is indeed a work of magisterial achievement."
Albert J. Schmidt, Journal of Social History
"...an impressive and important book." -Bettina Bradbury, Histoire sociale
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- Date Published: February 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521838085
- length: 460 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
- weight: 0.84kg
- contains: 79 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Joseph Henry Oates: a world of madeira and honey
2. In search of the British middle class
3. Reading the wills: a window on family and property
4. The property cycle
5. Strategies and the urban landscape
6. Women and things and trusts
7. Life after death
8. Networks and place
9. The economic history of the British middle class, 1816–70
10. Conclusion and epilogue
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