Nonfiction Book Reviews
Title: The Making of Britain 4 - The Age of Revolution
First published 1987 in Great Britain by Macmillan Education Ltd.
That was a sharp reminder - if one was needed - that not all urban adventures turned out well. The first lesson for newcomers was to keep their wits about them. Hazards were everywhere. Initial impressions of busy town life could be completely overwhelming, producing the 'town shock' that is still felt by some newcomers to this day. Often noted by eighteenth-century visitors was the pace and bustle of it all. People moved around rapidly, and modern studies have interestingly confirmed that, the larger the town, the faster the mean pace of peregrination. In 1771, Smollet again waxed sardonic on the crowds in London, already a great 'world city' and therefor a place of very speedy citizens:
Originally accompanying literature to the London Weekend Television series The Making of Britain, this book is actually a very good introduction to the social structure of late Georgian and early Victorian society. While there are quite a few books depicting the upper class in all their glory, these essays look behind the façade of fashion prints and glossy coffee table books to the underpinnings of society, to the world of the middle class, to the professionals as well as the workers, the criminals and even the destitute. London slums and Manchester cloth mills are discussed alongside political banquettes and military maneuvers; a true cross section of society.
Content:List of Illustrations
Introduction - Lesley M. Smith