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Classes and CulturesEngland 1918-1951$
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Ross McKibbin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206729.001.0001

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(p.518) Conclusion
Classes and Cultures

Ross McKibbin

Oxford University Press

This book has sought to analyse English society and its civil cultures at a peculiarly heightened and potentially transformative moment in England's history. This chapter brings together several concurrent arguments in the book. At a public level, England remained an almost exclusively single-sex society, where the state and economy were dominated by men. Based on church attendance, England was one of the most secular societies in the world. The history of England in this period was also the history of the English idea of America. In the end, the influence of American culture on England was aesthetic and not political. The First World War seriously disturbed the pattern of English class relations. By the mid-1920s, a social peace was achieved which enthroned the middle class but which did not unseat the upper class, and effectively subordinated the working class.

Keywords:   England, America, upper class, religion, morality, culture, society, working class, middle class, World War

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