Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870 A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Class

by R. J. (University of Edinburgh) Morris

Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870 A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Class Synopsis

This is an innovative study of middle-class behaviour and property relations in English towns in Georgian and Victorian Britain. Through the lens of wills, family papers, property deeds, account books and letters, the author offers a reading of the ways in which middle-class families survived and surmounted the economic difficulties of early industrial society. He argues that these were essentially 'networked' families created and affirmed by a 'gift' network of material goods, finance, services and support, with property very much at the centre of middle-class survival strategies. His approach combines microhistorical studies of individual families with a broader analysis of the national and even international networks within which these families operated. The result is a significant contribution to the history, and to debates about the place of structural and cultural analysis in historical understanding.

Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870 A Social and Economic History of Family Strategies amongst the Leeds Middle Class Press Reviews

...an important contribution to our understanding of the interplay of social, economic, and cultural factors in the life cycle of the English middle-class family. - American Historical Review, John Broad, London Metropolitan University ...a revealing and accomplished piece of scrupulously researched scholarship... - H-Albion, Brian Lewis, Department of History, McGill University Men. Women and Property is written with the verve of one both comfortable in the methodology of his disciple and knowledgeable about his subject, the middle class of Victorian Leeds. It is indeed a work of magisterial achievement. Albert J. Schmidt, Journal of Social History ...an impressive and important book. -Bettina Bradbury, Histoire sociale

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521838085
Publication date: 3rd February 2005
Author: R. J. (University of Edinburgh) Morris
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 460 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, Social classes,

About R. J. (University of Edinburgh) Morris

R. J. Morris is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh and President of the European Association of Urban Historians.

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