First published in 1995. Geoffrey Crossick and Heinz-Gerhard Haupt provide a major overview of the social, economic, cultural and political development of the petite bourgeoisie in eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe. 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. This title will be of interest to students of history.
Preface; List of Abbreviations; 1. Introduction 2. The Transition from Corporations 3. Small Enterprise: Survival or Decline? 4. A World of Movement 5. The Family: Images and Necessities 6. The Petite Bourgeoisie and the Town 7. Politics: The World of the People and the Move to the Right 8. Petits Bourgeois and Workers 9. Culture and Sociability 10. Conclusion: Into the Twentieth Century; Notes; Further Reading; Index