The People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010

by Selina Todd

History The Real World

The People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 Synopsis

'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family's story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised I would have to write this history myself.' What was it really like to live through the twentieth century? In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working class, but their story has been ignored until now. Based on the first-person accounts of servants, factory workers, miners and housewives, award-winning historian Selina Todd reveals an unexpected Britain where cinema audiences shook their fists at footage of Winston Churchill, communities supported strikers and pools winners (like Viv Nicholson) refused to become respectable. Charting the rise of the working class, through two world wars to their fall in Thatcher's Britain and today, Todd tells their story for the first time, in their own words. Uncovering a huge hidden swathe of Britain's past, The People is the vivid history of a revolutionary century and the people who really made Britain great.

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ISBN: 9781848548817
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848548817
Publication date: 10th April 2014
Author: Selina Todd
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: History, The Real World,
Categories: Social classes, Social & cultural history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Selina Todd

Selina Todd is Fellow and Vice Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a highly respected social historian. Her previous book, Young Women, Work, and Family in England, won the Women's History Network Book Prize.

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