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p. 504. The Making of Middle Englandlocked

  • Paul Langford


‘The Making of Middle England’ explores the impact of the emergence of a middle class on society. In eighteenth-century Europe, England was the outstanding example of a plutocratic society, opening up many opportunities to the middle class, who controlled the most dynamic portions of a varied economy. Although there was no middle-class identity as yet, they gradually moved from following the fashions of the aristocracy. As the middle class educated itself in a practical manner, a correspondingly accessible culture developed, which began to influence the court of George III. London manners and fashions spread to the provinces, aiding cultural unification.

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