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The Rise of Professional Society

England Since 1880, 2nd Edition

By Professor Harold Perkin, Harold Perkin


632 pages

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The Rise of Professional Society lays out a stimulating and controversial framework for the study of British society, challenging accepted paradigms based on class analysis. Perkins argues that the non-capitalist "professional class" represents a new principle of social organization based on trained expertise and meritocracy, a "forgotten middle class" conveniently overlooked by classical social theorists.


'A true magnum opus. No social historian can afford not to read it.'Asa Briggs

'Accessible to the general reader, indispensable to the scholar and a solid achievement of synthesis and clarity.'The Observer

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain