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Titre : Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline...
Éditeur : Yale Univ Pr, New Haven
Date d'édition : 1994
Reliure : Cloth
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Edition : First Edition
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In this stylish and provocative book, the eminent historian David Cannadine brings his characterisitc 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 tthe second-rate. Cannasine 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 aeroplamne. He next focuses on patricians he finds particularly fascinating: Lord Curzon, an unrivaled ceremonial impresario and inventor of traditions; Lord Strickland, part English landowner and part Mediterranean nobleman, who has both an imperial proconsul and prime minister of Malta; and Winston Churchill, whom Cannadine sees as an aristocratic adventureer, a man who has burdened by more than he benefited fromhis family connections and patrician attitudes. Cannadiine then moves from individuals to aristocratic dynasties. He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozwns-Hardys, a Norfolk family who playeda remarkably varies part in the life of their country, and offers a controversial reapraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harols Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West- a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage.From Library Journal:
Cannadine (The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Doubleday, 1992) offers this set of "occasional pieces," written over the period 1977-93, which serve the purpose of filling in background for the larger work. The essays are divided into three sections: an overview of class issues in modern Britain; an examination of unusual examples of the aristocratic family unit, including the now-famous unorthodox marriage of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West; and a profile of less well known aspects of individuals' lives and careers. Included in this latter section are Lord Curzon's penchant for organizing ceremonial occasions, Lord Strickland's career in Malta and Tasmania, and the scandals of some of the less savory members of Winston Churchill's family. While they are most likely to appeal to those with some background in the subject matter, the essays are written in a lively style that should have broad appeal. Recommended primarily for academic collections.
Linda Smith, Mobil Corp. Lib., Fairfax, Va.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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