Crossick and Haupt provide a major overview of the social, economic, cultural and political development of the petite bourgeoisie in modern Europe, a group until now largely neglected by European social historians.
Through comparative analysis the authors examine issues such as the centrality of small enterprise to industrial change, the importance of family and locality to the petit-bourgeois world, the search for stability and status and the associated political move to the right.
Crossick and Haupt have written an invaluable and authoritative assessment of the emergence of a distinctive petit-bourgeois cultural and political identity. It will be of interest to both undergraduate students and academic historians.
'An impressive survey.' 'An excellent survey and makes for interesting reading.' - University of Edinburgh, Social History Bulletin
'It is a significant work, meriting a wide and appreciative audience.' - T Griffiths, University of Edinburgh
'Crossick and Haupt take on important topics with energy and insight ... This is a solid, worthy book that will make its mark, and deservedly so.'- - John Merriman, Economic History Review
'This is through, penetrating and sympathetic study, which is set to become the standard text on the petite bourgeoisie in nineteenth-century Europe.' - Robert Gildea, English Historical Review, November 1997
'Overall The Petie Bourgeoisie in Europe provides a richly textured. It is a good place to begin, and to conclude, the search for a vital but long caricatured social group.' - Eric D. Weitz, International Review of Social Historu.