© 1994

The Middling Sort of People

Culture, Society and Politics in England, 1550–1800

  • Editors
  • Jonathan Barry
  • Christopher Brooks

Part of the Themes in Focus book series (TIF)

Table of contents

About this book


This volume of essays seeks to offer a radical re-evaluation of most of our preconceptions about the early-modern English social order. The majority of people who lived in early-modern England were neither very rich nor very poor, yet a disproportionate amount of historiography has been directed towards precisely these groups. This book intends to define the term 'middle classes' and treat them as active participants of history, rather than as a simple by-product rising and falling according to others' activities.


community eighteenth century evaluation ideology mobility politics

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Middling Sort of People
  • Book Subtitle Culture, Society and Politics in England, 1550–1800
  • Authors Jonathan Barry
    Christopher Brooks
  • Series Title Themes in Focus
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1994
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-54062-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-54063-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-23656-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social History
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