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Bourgeois Power and Marriage

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Wednesday 23 December 2009

The new bourgeoisie played an enormously important role in the history of industrial and imperial Britain. The extent to which cousin marriage proliferated in the 19th century relates to the central question as to which people were going to lead Industrial England.

Close-knit families in Victorian England delivered enormous advantages. They shaped vocations, generated patronage, yielded vital commercial information and gave access to capital; no wonder that marriage within the family, between cousins or between in-laws, was a characteristic strategy of this new bourgeoisie.

Laurie Taylor discusses private life in 19th-century England with Adam Kuper, the author of Incest and Influence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England, and Catherine Hall, professor of modern British social and cultural history at University College, London.

  • Adam Kuper

    Adam Kuper, Professor of Anthropology at Brunel University

    Incest and Infuence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    ISBN-10: 0674035895
    ISBN-13: 978-0674035898

    Find out more about Adam Kuper
  • Catherine Hall

    Catherine Hall, Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History in the Department of History, University College London

    Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850
    Publisher: Routledge
    ISBN-10: 0415290651
    ISBN-13: 978-0415290654

    Find out more about Catherine Hall
  • Henrietta Garnett

    Henrietta Garnett, writer, biographer and a descendent of the Bloomsbury Group

    Family Skeletons
    Publisher: Sceptre
    ISBN-10: 0340417285
    ISBN-13: 978-0340417287


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