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

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.

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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 TimesAt 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 no...

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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...

Sir David Cannadine was born in Birmingham, England, in 1950 and educated at Cambridge, Oxford, and Princeton. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, G. M. Trevelyan, History in Our Time, Class in Britain, Ornamentalism, and Mellon. He has taught at Cambridge and Columbia Un...

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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.

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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"Cannadine has produced a great book, one that is comprehensive in its scope, and of critical importance." --London Review of Books“This highly entertaining social history, full of fascinating anecdotal material…is the last word on the subject.” --The Washington Post Book World   “An impressive volume that will be cited by writers on the subject for years to come for its immense learning and the care with which the author has organized a mass of material.” --The Wall Street Journal