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The Traditional ‘Way of Life’

  • Geoffrey Pearson


Within the remembered traditions of the ‘British way of life’, the late Victorian and Edwardian years — from the Gay Nineties until the Great War — hold a privileged position as a time of unrivalled tranquility. The cosy fug of the Music Halls, the barrel-organ streets, the unhurried pace of a horse-drawn civilisation — before the motor car, before the cinema, before the sweeping changes of the twentieth century and their attendant disorientations — here, we are repeatedly encouraged to believe, is the original home of ‘Old England’ and a life ordered by tradition and familiarity.


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  • Geoffrey Pearson
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  1. 1.School of Applied Social StudiesUniversity of BradfordUK

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