The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

Paperback | September 15, 1999

byDavid Cannadine

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"A brilliant, multifaceted chronicle of economic and social change." --The New York Times

"No praise can be too high." --The New York Review of Books

At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most fortunate people on earth: they held the lion's share of land, wealth, and power in the world's greatest empire. By the end of the 1930s they had lost not only a generation of sons in the First World War, but also much of their prosperity, prestige, and political significance.

Deftly orchestrating an enormous array of documents and letters, facts, and statistics, David Cannadine shows how this shift came about--and how it was reinforced in the aftermath of the Second World War. Astonishingly learned, lucidly written, and sparkling with wit, The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy is a landmark study that dramatically changes our understanding of British social history.

"Cannadine has produced a great book, one that is comprehensive in its scope, and of critical importance."                                                                    --London Review of Books

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In the mid-19th century, the British aristocracy was the most influential elite class in the world. By the end of the 1930s, much of their prosperity, prestige, power and political significance was gone. In The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, David Cannadine shows how this astonishing shift came about. Through a selection ...

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"A brilliant, multifaceted chronicle of economic and social change." --The New York Times"No praise can be too high." --The New York Review of BooksAt the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most fortunate people on earth: they held the lion's share of land, wealth, and power in the world'...

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"A brilliant, multifaceted chronicle of economic and social change." --"The New York Times "No praise can be too high." --"The New York Review of Books At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most fortunate people on earth: they held the lion's share of land, wealth, and power in the wo...

David Cannadine lives in England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:848 pages, 7.95 × 5.17 × 1.72 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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In the mid-19th century, the British aristocracy was the most influential elite class in the world. By the end of the 1930s, much of their prosperity, prestige, power and political significance was gone. In The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, David Cannadine shows how this astonishing shift came about. Through a selection of documents, letters, facts and statistics, readers will gain a better understanding of this decline in the British upper class.