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The Gardens Of The British Working Class

Author : Margaret Willes
ISBN : 9780300206258
Genre : History
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This magnificently illustrated people’s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own. Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes's research unearths lush gardens nurtured outside rough workers’ cottages and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards, and reveals the ingenious, sometimes devious, methods employed by determined, obsessive, and eccentric workers to make their drab surroundings bloom. She also explores the stories of the great philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces, the fashionable rich stealing the gardening ideas of the poor, alehouse syndicates and fierce rivalries between vegetable growers, flower-fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their city windowsills, and the rich lore handed down from gardener to gardener through generations. This is a sumptuous record of the myriad ways in which the popular cultivation of plants, vegetables, and flowers has played—and continues to play—an integral role in everyday British life.
Category: History

Home In British Working Class Fiction

Author : Nicola Wilson
ISBN : 9781317121367
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Home in British Working-Class Fiction offers a fresh take on British working-class writing that turns away from a masculinist, work-based understanding of class in favour of home, gender, domestic labour and the family kitchen. As Nicola Wilson shows, the history of the British working classes has often been written from the outside, with observers looking into the world of the inhabitants. Here Wilson engages with the long cultural history of this gaze and asks how ’home’ is represented in the writing of authors who come from a working-class background. Her book explores the depiction of home as a key emotional and material site in working-class writing from the Edwardian period through to the early 1990s. Wilson presents new readings of classic texts, including The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Love on the Dole and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, analyzing them alongside works by authors including James Hanley, Walter Brierley, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Buchi Emecheta, Pat Barker, James Kelman and the rediscovered ’ex-mill girl novelist’ Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. Wilson's broad understanding of working-class writing allows her to incorporate figures typically ignored in this context, as she demonstrates the importance of home's role in the making and expression of class feeling and identity.
Category: Literary Criticism

The British Working Class In Postwar Film

Author : Philip Gillett
ISBN : 0719062586
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book uses a sociological model to examine how working class people are portrayed in British feature films from the decade after World War II.
Category: Business & Economics

The Making Of The Modern British Home

Author : Peter Scott
ISBN : 9780191664885
Genre : History
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The Making of the Modern British Home explores the impact of the modern suburban semi-detached house on British family life during the 1920s and 1930s - focusing primarily on working-class households who moved from cramped inner-urban accommodation to new suburban council or owner-occupied housing estates. Migration to suburbia is shown to have initiated a dramatic transformation in lifestyles - from a `traditional' working-class mode of living, based around long-established tightly-knit urban communities, to a recognisably `modern' mode, centred around the home, the nuclear family, and building a better future for the next generation. This process had far-reaching impacts on family life, entailing a change in household priorities to meet the higher costs of suburban living, which in turn impacted on many aspects of household behaviour, including family size. This volume also constitutes a general history of the development of both owner-occupied and municipal suburban housing estates in interwar Britain, including the evolution of housing policy; the housing development process; housing and estate design, lay-outs, and architectural features; marketing owner-occupation and consumer durables to a mass market; furnishing the new suburban home; making ends meet; suburban gardens; social filtering and conflict on the new estates; and problems of 'mis-selling' and 'Jerry building'. Peter Scott integrates the social history of the interwar suburbs with their economic, business, marketing, and architectural/planning histories, demonstrating how these elements interacted to produce a new model of working-class lifestyles and 'respectability' which marked a fundamental break with pre-1914 working-class urban communities.
Category: History

Working Class Movements In India 1885 1975

Author : Sunil Kumar Sen
ISBN : STANFORD:36105012434101
Genre : Art
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This book is a very well-documented chronological survey of working-class movements in India, from 1885 to 1975. Memoirs, contemporary journals and private papers have been used very effectively along with official reports and archival sources. A special mention should be made of the author's original research into previously unexplored trade union records. Working Class Movements, 1885-1975, draws attention to the white-collar employees who have begun to play an increasingly important role in trade union movements. They include technical cadres, engineers and research workers whose social interests seem to converge with those of the manual workers, in the present situation. The growth of the movement of working women, generally led by the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) is both revealing and interesting. Professor Sen maintains that communal riots have become a feature in Indian politics despite the advance of the democratic movement. In this context he emphasizes the contribution of the trade unions which have countered communal parties, both Hindu and Muslim. He also underlines the crucial importance of the worker-peasant alliance in the acceleration of social change. The main strength of this book lies in its clear presentation of labour conditions and labour movements over a long period of time.
Category: Art

The Curious World Of Samuel Pepys And John Evelyn

Author : Margaret Willes
ISBN : 9780300231724
Genre : History
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An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn are two of the most celebrated English diarists. They were also extraordinary men and close friends. This first full portrait of that friendship transforms our understanding of their times. Pepys was earthy and shrewd, while Evelyn was a genteel aesthete, but both were drawn to intellectual pursuits. Brought together by their work to alleviate the plight of sailors caught up in the Dutch wars, they shared an inexhaustible curiosity for life and for the exotic. Willes explores their mutual interests—diary-keeping, science, travel, and a love of books—and their divergent enthusiasms, Pepys for theater and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. Through the richly documented lives of two remarkable men, Willes revisits the history of London and of England in an age of regicide, revolution, fire, and plague to reveal it also as a time of enthralling possibility.
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