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Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain, David Cannadine

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Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain
Title
Aspects of aristocracy
Title remainder
grandeur and decline in modern Britain
Statement of responsibility
David Cannadine
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this stylish and provocative book, the eminent historian David Cannadine brings his characteristic wit and acumen to bear on the British aristocracy, probing behind the legendary escapades and indulgences of aristocrats such as Lord Curzon, the Hon. C. S. Rolls (of Rolls Royce), Winston Churchill, Harold Nicolson, and Vita Sackville-West, and changing our perceptions of them - transforming wastrels into heroes and the self-satisfied into the second-rate. Cannadine begins by investigating the land-owning classes as a whole during the last two hundred years, describing their origins, their habits, their increasing debts, and their involvement with the steam train, the horseless carriage, and the aeroplane. He next focuses on patricians he finds particularly fascinating: Lord Curzon, an unrivalled ceremonial impresario and inventor of traditions; Lord Strickland, part English landowner and part Mediterranean nobleman, who was both an imperial proconsul and prime minister of Malta; and Winston Churchill, whom Cannadine sees as an aristocratic adventurer, a man who was burdened by, more than he benefitted from, his family connections and patrician attitudes. Cannadine then moves from individuals to aristocratic dynasties. He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozens-Hardys, a Norfolk family who played a remarkably varied part in the life of their county, and offers a controversial reappraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West - a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage. Written with sympathy and irony, devoid of snobbery or nostalgia, and handsomely illustrated, Cannadine's book is sure both to enlighten and delight
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DLC
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1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cannadine, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT653.G7
LC item number
C357 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Churchill
  • Strickland
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Upper class
  • Nobility
  • Great Britain
  • Adel
  • Adel
  • Großbritannien
  • Adel
  • Aristokratie
  • Biographie
  • Geschichte
  • Oberschicht
  • Großbritannien
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Nobility
  • Upper class
  • Great Britain
Label
Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain, David Cannadine
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-309) and index
Contents
Introduction : Aspects of aristocracy -- The making of the British upper classes -- Aristocratic indebtedness in the nineteenth century -- Nobility and mobility in modern Britain -- Lord Curzon as ceremonial impressario -- Lord Strickland : imperial aristocrat and aristocratic imperialist -- Winston Churchill as an aristocratic adventurer -- The landowner as millionaire : the finances of the Dukes of Devonshire -- Landowners, lawyers and litterateurs : the Cozens-Hardys of Letheringsett -- Portrait of more than a marriage : Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West revisited -- Conclusion : Beyond the country house
Control code
29477664
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 321 p.
Isbn
9780300059816
Lccn
93040460
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)29477664
Label
Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain, David Cannadine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-309) and index
Contents
Introduction : Aspects of aristocracy -- The making of the British upper classes -- Aristocratic indebtedness in the nineteenth century -- Nobility and mobility in modern Britain -- Lord Curzon as ceremonial impressario -- Lord Strickland : imperial aristocrat and aristocratic imperialist -- Winston Churchill as an aristocratic adventurer -- The landowner as millionaire : the finances of the Dukes of Devonshire -- Landowners, lawyers and litterateurs : the Cozens-Hardys of Letheringsett -- Portrait of more than a marriage : Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West revisited -- Conclusion : Beyond the country house
Control code
29477664
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 321 p.
Isbn
9780300059816
Lccn
93040460
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)29477664

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