Earthly Necessities
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Keith Wrightson was Professor of Social History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College. He is now Professor of History at Yale University. Among his publications is ENGLISH SOCIETY, 1580-1680.

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With this synthesis by Yale social historian Wrightson, formerly of Cambridge, the publisher launches a new series edited by David Cannadine. This volume covers Britain's socioeconomic transformations between 1470 and 1750, a turbulent period that transfigured England through complex changes dubbed the "Industrial Revolution." Wrightson seeks to put this metamorphosis in social context, commencing with details of the lives of laborers, yeomen, gentle folk, craftsmen, and nobles in early Tudor times. In the second part, he discusses interlinked commercial, political, social, and other transitions of Elizabethan, Stuart, and early Hanoverian times. An analysis of late 17th- and mid-18th-century society and economy caps the work. Wrightson's innovativeness lies in interweaving social and economic literatures into a coherent whole and in covering Wales and Scotland. His well-written, scholarly prose is accessible. Detailed recommended readings and the identification of many scholarly sources in text replace notes. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.DNigel Tappin, Huntsville, Ont. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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