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Gentrification and the Enterprise Culture: Britain 1780-1980

F. M. L. Thompson


Cultural explanations of major social and economic developments are seductively attractive but most unreliable. Anti-industrial and anti-commercial attitudes fostered by public schools and the older universities, and the pursuit of aristocratic and gentry lifestyles by businessmen, are the leading social and cultural explanations of Britain's apparent economic decline since the 1870s. On the other hand there have been confident claims to have overturned the traditional view that wealthy merchants and industrialists aspired to acquire landed estates and gentry status, and to have shown that gen ... More

Keywords: aristocratic culture, gentrification, economic decline, new money, gentlemanly values, entrepreneurs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. M. L. Thompson, author
University of London