London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in late-Victorian Britain

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byAmy Milne-Smith

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In this first academic history of the famed gentlemen’s clubs of London, Amy Milne-Smith reveals these institutions at the height of their power and influence at the turn of the twentieth century, paying special attention to how clubmen defined masculinity and status for their generation. Based on extensive research in club archives along with newspapers, journals, diaries and memoirs, Milne-Smith takes us behind the majestic doors of these most exclusive clubs. Readers will find London Clubland not only an engaging account of clubs, but also a story of troubled marriage, contested urban space, shifting boundaries of class, and a robust masculine culture in decline.

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In this first academic history of the famed gentlemen’s clubs of London, Amy Milne-Smith reveals these institutions at the height of their power and influence at the turn of the twentieth century, paying special attention to how clubmen defined masculinity and status for their generation. Based on extensive research in club archives al...

Amy Milne-Smith is an assistant professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 8.97 × 5.66 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120768

ISBN - 13:9780230120761

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Table of Contents

Coffeehouses to Clubhouses: Understanding the Gentlemen’s Clubs of London * The Blackball: Looking for the “Right Sort” of Member * Gentlemen Behaving Badly * Club Talk, Men’s Gossip, and the Creation of a Community * The Club as Home: Imagining Male Domesticity * Naughty Bachelors, Bad Husbands, and Mixed-Sex Destiny * The Importance of Space and Place: Clubland and the Divided Capital