First published in 1982, this study explores the dynamics of class formation during the vital decades between 1830 and 1914, when a rising urban industrial order was developing in complex interdependence with a declining rural agrarian order.
The book follows the divergent paths of two cities - Birmingham and Sheffield – in their social development. These paths reflect the complex process of conflict and compromise as the ‘old’ order was gradually replaced by the ‘new’. It studies in detail many aspects of social life that were affected by these changes such as education, public administration, political structures, public administration, religion, the professions, popular culture and family.
This book will be of interest to those studying Victorian history and sociology.
1. ‘But Here are Towns are’ 2. Between Neighbourhood and Nation 3. ‘Their Brutal, Bloated, Mindless Faces…’ 4. From Conflict to Equipoise 5. ‘The Training up of Well-Educated, Sober, Loyal and Obedient Servants’ 6. Mechanics and Medical Men 7. ‘Old Fashioned Ideas and Customs’ 8. Mastering Our Educators 9. ‘A Noisy Street in the Middle of a Smoky Town’ 10. Coalesce, Conflict and Compromise 11. ‘A Serious Danger to the Upper Classes; Notes; Bibliography; Index