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Black Country Élites: The Exercise of Authority in an Industrialized Area, 1830-1900

Richard H. Trainor


This book is a study of the people who ran Victorian industrial towns. It also examines the institutions, policies, rituals, and networks these urban elites deployed to cope with urban growth, social unrest, and relative economic decline. Concentrating on a particularly grimy district of the industrial Midlands, the book demonstrates the surprisingly great resources, coherence, sophistication, and impact of the area's mainly middle class leaders, who were well linked to regional and national power centres. This book's analysis suggests the need to re-examine the influential view that Victorian ... More

Keywords: Victorian industrial towns, urban elites, urban growth, social unrest, economic decline, Midlands, middle class, social development, London, industrial provinces

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard H. Trainor, author
University of Glasgow