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

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

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A history that is both political and personal telling the story of how the working class gained education and rights only to lose them again, to become the sector of society the Tories and the Right Wing Press demonise at every opportunity. To tell the story of the working class is to tell the story of most of us living today and Selina Todd has teased out their stories from anxious Mothers to shop-girls, working men, the out-of-work and the trade-unionists An engrossing history, revealing the overlooked and often forgotten “poor bloody infantry” that worked in the factories, down the mines and in the home.

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

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER '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 where 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.

Reviews

'I am delighted to see social class storm its way back into our contemporary history' Guardian

'The most interesting academic work on British politics this year' Independent Books of the Year

'What an excellent book this is ... The final chapters are its best, providing an analysis of what we have all lived through. Ms Todd's great ability as an academic is to avoid writing like one, so her book is accessible and entertaining. Even for those not engrossed by politics, the tales of the ordinary lives are compelling' Alistair Dawber, Independent

'What differentiates Selina Todd's book from existing literature on this subject is the way her narrative actually documents the voices of working-class people. Through their words we come to a better understanding of how lives flourished or faltered, as various government policies were introduced, or taken away ... Brilliant and well-researched' New Internationalist

'Straightforward and useful' Juliet Gardiner, Daily Telegraph

'The landscape is fascinating, and the distance travelled enormous ... It is a colour tale too, taking in working class culture, music and dance crazes, and the move from a world of clerks, secretaries and manual workers to DIY superstores, Sunday working and the demise of trade union power ... The scope and range of Todd's study is impressive Scotsman Todd is excellent in describing the effects that the Great War had on society and her use of servants as barometers of social change brings a fresh voice to this history' Alan Johnson, The Spectator

About the Author

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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Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Selina Todd

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Author's Website

selinatodd.com/

Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

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The Real World
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Social classes
Social & cultural history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781848548824

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