The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900

The Rise of Respectable Society A Social History of Victorian Britain One of England s grand masters of history provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of the creation of respectable society in Victorian Britain Integrating a vast amount of research previously hi

  • Title: The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900
  • Author: Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780674772861
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of England s grand masters of history provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of the creation of respectable society in Victorian Britain Integrating a vast amount of research previously hidden in obscure or academic journals, he covers not only the economy, social structure, and patterns of authority, but also marriage and the family, childhood, homes and hoOne of England s grand masters of history provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of the creation of respectable society in Victorian Britain Integrating a vast amount of research previously hidden in obscure or academic journals, he covers not only the economy, social structure, and patterns of authority, but also marriage and the family, childhood, homes and houses, work and play.By 1900 the structure of British society had become orderly and well defined than it had been in the 1830s and 1840s, but the result, Thompson shows, was fragmentation into a multiplicity of sections or classes with differing standards and notions of respectability Each group operated its own social controls, based on what it considered acceptable or unacceptable conduct This internalized and diversified respectability was not the cohesive force its middle class and evangelical proponents had envisioned The Victorian experience thus bequeathed structural problems, identity problems, and authority problems to the twentieth century, with which Britain is grappling.

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      Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson

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    1. Francis Michael Longstreth F.M.L Thompson is a British historian specializing in 19th and 20th century British social history He was educated at Bootham School, York and Queens College, Oxford, where he took his Ph.D in 1956 He was Reader in Economic History at University College London from 1963 until 1968 and was Professor of Modern History at Bedford College from 1968 until 1977 From 1977 until 1990 he was director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and he served as president of the Royal Historical Society from 1989 to 1993.

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    1. In my next life I d like to be a social historian.It apparently makes for a long life F.M.L Thompson was born in 1925, and there s no obituary been published yet.And I like the attitude people making decisions based on factors that you can understand, not people as driftwood tossed on the tides of economic policy or dialectical materialism Take infant mortality for example That is deaths of babies and infants before they are one year old The rate was shockingly high in the 19th century, we all k [...]


    2. This is a thought provoking book Thompson doesn t go for the easy answer when looking for causes and correlating facts For example, he discusses at length the reasons that might have contributed to a falling birth rate in Victorian Britain and comes right out and identifies many traditionally given causes as ridiculous Okay, he s polite in the terminology, but you are not left to guess what it is he thinks He provides a wealth of statistics, and then uses them to demonstrate some point although [...]


    3. The Rise of Respectable Society is a book on Victorian social history Unfortunately it throws the reader straight into the depth of information I would have really appreciated an introductory chapter on the politics of this era in British history There are also a lot of what I would call auxiliary information which distracted me to some extent from tracing the important aspects of this era s social history I found myself in an intense process of sifting throughout most of the book The effort de [...]


    4. Mostly this books goes through the things that people tend to think of as being characteristic of Victorian Britain the rise of the factory, urbanization, the working class, prudishness and shows how they were complicated less complete less homogeneous than might be assumed In general this is the sort of thing I like a book to do, but oh god, I do wonder at times what possessed me to want to know about the rate at which the cotton industry became entirely factory based as compared to wool On th [...]


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