This second volume of John Rule's major two-volume portrait of Georgian England is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of eighteenth-century society, incorporating the exciting new research findings of recent years. It deals in turn with the upper class, `middling sort' and lower orders; with popular education, religion and culture; with standards of living in town and country; and with crime, punishment and protest. The book, which is as rich and varied as the age it explores, ends with an assessment of continuity and change across the century.
List of abbreviations. List of figures. List of tables. Introductory note. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. The background. 2. The upper class. 3. Middling people. 4. Middle-class values. 5. The lower orders. 6. Popular education, religion and culture. 7. The standard of living. 8. Social and industrial protest. 9. Crime and punishment. 10. Change and continuity. Bibliography. Index.