Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850

Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850


By (author) Leonore Davidoff, By (author) Catherine Hall

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 616 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 40mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415290651
  • ISBN 13: 9780415290654
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 31 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 290,301

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Family Fortunes has become a seminal text in class and gender history. Published to wide critical acclaim in 1987, its influence in the field continues to be extensive. It has cast new light on the perception of middle-class society and gender relations between 1780 and 1850. This revised edition contains a substantial new introduction, placing the original survey in its historiographical context. Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall evaluate the readings their text has received and broaden their study by taking into account recent developments and shifts in the field. They apply current perceptions of history to their original project, and see new motives and meanings emerge that reinforce their argument.

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'Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall fascinatingly retell the familiar story of the rising middle class This book convincingly demonstrates that the makers of the English bourgeoisie were women as well as men.' - The Observer; 'Deeply Interesting, superbly researched excellent source material documented, analysed and integrated in this monumental book as never before.' - The Times Literary Supplement; 'Intense, richly informative and suggestive descriptions of both familiar and forgotten worlds. In its combination of fresh discovery and compelling reiteration of the familiar this is a rare book.' - New Society; 'Weighty, meticulous, satisfying' - Women's Review; 'This book will certainly be widely read and is destined to become a standard source.' - Network; 'Property read, this is a subversive book which challenges received notions of both the personal and the political.' - The Guardian