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Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870


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1. Joseph Henry Oates: a world of madeira and honey; 2. In search of the British middle class; 3. Reading the wills: a window on family and property; 4. The property cycle; 5. Strategies and the urban landscape; 6. Women and things and trusts; 7. Life after death; 8. Networks and place; 9. The economic history of the British middle class, 1816-70; 10. Conclusion and epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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This is an innovative study of middle-class behaviour and property relations in English towns in Georgian and Victorian Britain.

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R. J. Morris is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh and President of the European Association of Urban Historians.


"...an important contribution to our understanding of the interplay of social, economic, and cultural factors in the life cycle of the English middle-class family." - American Historical Review, John Broad, London Metropolitan University "...a revealing and accomplished piece of scrupulously researched scholarship..." - H-Albion, Brian Lewis, Department of History, McGill University "Men. Women and Property is written with the verve of one both comfortable in the methodology of his disciple and knowledgeable about his subject, the middle class of Victorian Leeds. It is indeed a work of magisterial achievement." Albert J. Schmidt, Journal of Social History

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