The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Jonathan Rose

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Yale University Press
8 June 2021
ISBN: 9780300257847
Multiple formats

From the publisher

This is a landmark intellectual history of Britain's working classes from the preindustrial era to the twentieth century. Drawing on workers' memoirs, social surveys, library registers, and more, Jonathan Rose uncovers which books people read, how they educated themselves, and what they knew. A new preface addresses the continuing relevance of the book amidst the upheavals of the present day.

"An astonishing book."-Ian Sansom, The Guardian

"A passionate work of history. . . . Rose has written a work of staggering ambition."-Daniel Akst, Wall Street Journal

Winner of the SHARP Book History Prize, the American Philosophical Society's Jacques Barzun Prize, and the British Council Prize cowinner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize for 2001; named one of the finest books of 2001 by The Economist.