The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900

Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson


The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900

The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900

  • Title: The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900
  • Author: Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780674772861
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback



One of England s grand masters of history provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of the creation of respectable society in Victorian Britain Integrating a vast amount of research previously hidden in obscure or academic journals, he covers not only the economy, social structure, and patterns of authority, but also marriage and the family, childhood, homes and hoOne of England s grand masters of history provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of the creation of respectable society in Victorian Britain Integrating a vast amount of research previously hidden in obscure or academic journals, he covers not only the economy, social structure, and patterns of authority, but also marriage and the family, childhood, homes and houses, work and play.By 1900 the structure of British society had become orderly and well defined than it had been in the 1830s and 1840s, but the result, Thompson shows, was fragmentation into a multiplicity of sections or classes with differing standards and notions of respectability Each group operated its own social controls, based on what it considered acceptable or unacceptable conduct This internalized and diversified respectability was not the cohesive force its middle class and evangelical proponents had envisioned The Victorian experience thus bequeathed structural problems, identity problems, and authority problems to the twentieth century, with which Britain is grappling.


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In my next life I'd like to be a social historian.It apparently makes for a long life - F.M.L. Thompson was born in 1925, and there's no obituary been published yet.And I like the attitude: people making decisions based on factors that you can understand, not people as driftwood tossed on the tides of economic policy or dialectical materialism. Take infant mortality for example. That is deaths of babies and infants before they are one year old. The rate was shockingly high in the 19th century, w [...]

This is a thought provoking book. Thompson doesn't go for the "easy answer" when looking for causes and correlating facts. For example, he discusses at length the reasons that might have contributed to a falling birth rate in Victorian Britain and comes right out and identifies many traditionally given causes as ridiculous. (Okay, he's more polite in the terminology, but you are not left to guess what it is he thinks.) He provides a wealth of statistics, and then uses them to demonstrate some po [...]

The Rise of Respectable Society is a book on Victorian social history. Unfortunately it throws the reader straight into the depth of information. I would have really appreciated an introductory chapter on the politics of this era in British history. There are also a lot of what I would call auxiliary information which distracted me to some extent from tracing the more important aspects of this era's social history. I found myself in an intense process of sifting throughout most of the book. The [...]

Mostly this books goes through the things that people tend to think of as being characteristic of Victorian Britain--the rise of the factory, urbanization, the working class, prudishness--and shows how they were more complicated/less complete/less homogeneous than might be assumed. In general this is the sort of thing I like a book to do, but oh god, I do wonder at times what possessed me to want to know about the rate at which the cotton industry became entirely factory based as compared to woo [...]


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