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Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870 : A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Class - R. J. Morris

Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870

A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Class

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2005
ISBN: 9780521838085
Number Of Pages: 445

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This is an innovative study of middle class behaviour and property relations in English towns in Georgian and Victorian Britain. Through the lens of wills, family papers, property deeds, account books and letters, the author offers a new reading of the ways in which middle class families survived and surmounted the economic difficulties of early industrial society. He argues that these were essentially 'networked' families created and affirmed by a 'gift' networks of material goods, finance, services and support with property very much at the centre of middle class survival strategies. His approach combines microhistorical studies of individual families with a broader analysis of the national and even international networks within which these families operated. The result is a significant contribution to the history of the middle classes, to economic, business, urban and gender history, and to debates about the place of structural and cultural analysis in historical understanding.

"...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 University "...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

Joseph Henry Oates: a world of Madeira and honey
In search of the British middle class
Reading the wills: a window on family and property
The property cycle
Strategies and the urban landscape
Women and things and trusts
Life after death
Networks and place
The economic history of the British middle class, 1816-70
Conclusion and epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521838085
ISBN-10: 0521838088
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 445
Published: 28th February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.86