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PDF | CANNADINE, DAVID. Class In Britain. Yale University Press, New Haven [ etc.] xiii, pp. £ – – Volume 45 Issue 1 – Richard. David Cannadine’s unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own. George Orwell once described Britain as the most class-ridden society under the sun, and it is still widely believed that British society is obsessed with class, to a.

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Class in Britain

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 a David Cannadine’s unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own society. This is a social, intellectual and political history and a powerful account of how and why class has shaped British identity.

Published March 30th by Penguin first published September 10th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Class in Britainplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 18, kler added it.

British history is fucking boring. Jun 25, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s interesting to see the mixed reactions to this book. I give it 5 stars. I think it is one of the more interesting, insightful, and valuable political books I have read.

It starts out by discussing three historical ways British people have viewed class in their society. It does not “subscribe” to any one of these as the singularly accurate picture of British society.

At first I felt great disagreement with him–because I thought he was disagreeing with Marx and perhaps he is–but actually t It’s interesting to see the mixed reactions to this book. At first I felt great disagreement with him–because I thought he was disagreeing with Marx and perhaps he is–but actually that isn’t the point here and trying to soft pedal the harshness of privilege differences.

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That is why the negative reviews here–very comprehensible to me, and my first reaction also. I just disagreed with him through almost half of the book. But once you get to the second half, after he’s presented the three popular and historical “envisionments” of class structure in Britian, you realize he isn’t talking about which description is correct.

He’s talking about how British people understand their own society, correctly or incorrectly. What this book is about is how heirarchy in British society and the justification for it and the way it plays out politically and by extrapolation I think in many if not all societies is a matter not just of fact but of popular belief and also institutional ritual.

And the key he is talking about is that the description is something that people come to believe, feel outrage or righteousness about, and see their part in as an important part of their identity.

There is very useful thinking about Thatcher and Major in this regard and where they stood vis a vis working people and the traditional aristocracy. This is something so clearly happening in the U.

This book is important and insightful.

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I rate if 5 stars. Sep 10, Andrew rated it liked it. This was cpass good book and it made me think a little towards the end which is always really quite good for any book!!

It’s a historical tex This was a good book and it made me think a little towards the end which is always really quite good for any book!! It’s a historical text book really which tries to do the impossible Britajn post Thatcher present. Regardless I enjoyed this despite it being a read to savour rather than devour. Cannadine starts with a comprehensive demolition of Marxist class struggle in Britain and the conventional master narrative that held sway until the late seventies of successive coming to power of the middle and then lower classes.

He also finds fault with the current historical consensus which ignores class altogether, preferring a post-modernist linguistic definition of classes been made up in discourse. Instead, his central thesis is that over rbitain last three hundred vavid there have been three Cannadine starts with a comprehensive demolition of Marxist class struggle dwvid Britain and the conventional master narrative that held sway until the late seventies of successive coming to power of the middle and then lower classes.

Instead, his central thesis is that over the last three hundred years there have been three ways in which British people have described and understood their class system: While people easily switch from one to another the most popular and enduring has been a hierarchical model, simply because it closer to the perceived reality on the ground.

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Politicians use rhetoric to shape and exploit these models, each to their own purposes, but all are approximations that live only in the descriptions provided by social commentators, politicians and historians.

Jun 02, G. Wide-ranging account, through the lens of class, of how “British society has been observed and imagined, envisaged and understood” p. For me the most interesting chapter was the clzss one, which discusses class in the world-views of Thatcher, Major, and Blair.

Sep 19, Richard rated it did briatin like it.

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