Class History

Three major classes define themselves over the civilized world. Aristocracy, the Middle Class and the Working Class. This is their story.
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The Theory of the Leisure Class Veblen sets out 'to discuss the place and value of the leisure class as an economic factor in modern life'. In so doing he exposed, with brilliant ruthlessness, the habits of production and waste that link invidious business tactics and barbaric social behaviour...with an impartial gaze he examines the human cost paid when social institutions exploit the consumption of unessential goods for the sake of personal profit.

The Theory of the Leisure Class : Thorstein Veblen : 9780199552580

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy 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.

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy : Mr David Cannadine : 9780375703683

The Lucky Culture and the Rise of an Australian Ruling Class  Half a century after Donald Horne named Australia 'the Lucky Country', Nick Cater takes stock of the new battle to define Australia and the rift that divides a presumptive ruling class from a people who refuse to be ruled. the Lucky Culture is a lively and original take on 21st century Australia and its people.

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Holy Madness "Zamoyski skillfully brings together all the strains of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century nationalism, from the American Revolution to the Paris Commune, showing how quasi-religious idealism prepared the way for both fascism and communism. . . . A stimulating and finely written book." (Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad)

Holy Madness by Adam Zamoyski, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

Dark Money As Jane Mayer shows a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet. Their core beliefs that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests.

Dark Money : The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer, Entertainment Weekly,

Live Working or Die Fighting  Globalisation has created a whole new working class - and they are reliving stories that were first played out a century ago. In Paul Mason tells the story of this new working class. Blending exhilarating historical narrative with reportage from today's front line, he links the lives of 19th-century factory girls with the lives of teenagers in a giant Chinese mobile phone factory;

Live Working or Die Fighting : Paul Mason : 9780099492887

The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class With The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class, Kees van der Pijl put class formation at the heart of our understanding of world politics and the global economy. This landmark study dissects one of the most decisive phenomena of the twentieth century - the rise of an Atlantic ruling class of multinational banks and corporations. A new preface by the author evaluates the book's significance in the light of recent political and economic developments.

The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class : Kees Van Der Pijl : 9781844678716

American Dynasty In this devastating book, onetime Republican strategist Phillips reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since World War One, becoming entrenched within the American establishment Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency, and the presidency through a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national security involvement, and political deception.

American Dynasty In this devastating book, onetime Republican strategist Phillips reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since World War One, becoming entrenched within the American establishment Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency, and the presidency through a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national security involvement, and political deception.

Aristocracy and Its Enemies in the Age of Revolution  Since time immemorial Europe had been dominated by nobles and nobilities. In the eighteenth century their power seemed better entrenched than ever. But in 1790 the French revolutionaries made a determined attempt to abolish nobility entirely. 'Aristocracy' became the term for everything they were against.

Aristocracy and its Enemies in the Age of Revolution : William Doyle : 9780199559855

The Working-Class War "Reminds us of the disturbing truth that some 80 percent of the 2.5 million enlisted men who served in Vietnam--out of 27 million men who reached draft age during the war--came from working-class and impoverished backgrounds...Deals especially well with the apparent paradox that the working-class soldiers' families back home mainly opposed the antiwar movement, and for that matter so with few exceptions did the soldiers themselves.

Working-Class War : Christian G.

Working-Class New York Largely through the efforts of its working class and the dynamic labor movement it built, New York City became the envied model of liberal America and the scourge of conservatives everywhere: cheap and easy-to-use mass transit, work in small businesses and factories that had good wages and benefits, affordable public housing, and healthcare for all.Working-Class New York is an engrossing account of the birth of that ideal and the way it came crashing down.

Working-Class New York : Assistant Professor of History Joshua B Freeman : 9781565847125

Leisure, Citizenship and Working-class Men in Britain, 1850-1940. Arguing that there was a remarkable continuity in male working-class culture between 1850 and 1945, Beaven contends that despite changing socio-economic contexts, male working-class culture continued to draw from a tradition of active participation and cultural contestation that was both class and gender exclusive.

Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Men in Britain, : Brad Beaven : 9780719060281

The Global Class War "Globalization is a cover for American imperialism, but the beneficiaries are not the American people at the expense of foreigners but corporate executives at the expense of working-class and poor people wherever they may be. Jeff Faux offers a comprehensive and devastating analysis." -Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - And What It Will Take to Win It Back

Aristocrats With The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class, Kees van der Pijl put class formation at the heart of our understanding of world politics and the global economy. This landmark study dissects one of the most decisive phenomena of the twentieth century - the rise of an Atlantic ruling class of multinational banks and corporations. A new preface by the author evaluates the book's significance in the light of recent political and economic developments.

Aristocrats by Lawrence James, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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