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The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy


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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 Universities and has also served as director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He is currently Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.


Columbia historian Cannadine offers a detailed study of the decline of the ``British landed establishment'' from 1880 to the present, due to political, economic, and social changes. Most of his analysis is centered on the period which saw the biggest changes, 1880-1930, and concentrates on England, while touching on Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Intertwined in the overall picture are tidbits about notable families. Cannadine has synthesized a multitude of secondary sources for this work. He includes a detailed index which, however, lacks some names and subjects. His dense book is much too long for the general reader. Primarily for students and specialists working on this topic.-- Kathleen Farago, Lakewood P.L., Ohio

"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 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

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