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Author Cannadine, David, 1950-

Title Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain / David Cannadine.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 1994.


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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 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.
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.
Subject Churchill Familie
Strickland Familie
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- History.
Upper class -- Great Britain -- History.
Nobility -- Great Britain -- History.
Great Britain -- History -- 1789-1820.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Aristocratie -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Classes supérieures -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Noblesse -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 1789-1820.
Chronological Term 1789-1820
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: 0300059817 9780300059816 (DLC) 93040460 (OCoLC)29477664
ISBN 9780300236156 (electronic bk.)
0300236158 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000062543555
AU@ 000067038794

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