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Koditschek scrutinizes in detail the development of social classes in Bradford, England, from 1750 to 1850. He shows, in particular, how a liberal, entrepreneurial middle class, with wealth originating primarily in the worsted industry, emerged after the traditional ruling elite relinquished its role before the onslaught of a changing industrial society and rapidly growing urban area. The emergence of the liberal middle class was a positive product of the socioeconomic struggle of the early 19th century. This superb monograph opens with an execllent examination of E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class (1963). Although mildly critical of some aspects of Thompson's classic work, Koditschek argues that the making of the middle class and the working class should be seen in Bradford as part of a dynamic working out of economic and social issues. Koditschek's remarkably well researched study includes several graphs, lists, and maps of the urban area and the social classes. For students and specialists in English social and urban history, upper-division undergraduate level and above. -L. J. Satre, Youngstown State University
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