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The structure of elite power in the early twentieth century city: Norwich 1900-1935

Doyle, Barry M. (1997) The structure of elite power in the early twentieth century city: Norwich 1900-1935. Urban history, 24 (2). pp. 179-199. ISSN 0963-9268

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Through a study of middle-class power in Norwich in the first third of the twentieth century, this paper tests a number of hypotheses concerning the behaviour of British urban elites. Analysis of networks (freemasons, business organizations and family) assesses the level of social unification among the middle class; elite involvement in chapel, charities and voluntary organizations addresses the question of social leadership; whilst elite politics is considered through three questions: did they become unified behind a single anti-socialist stance? Did the more important members of the elite leave urban politics? And did they abandon faith in grand civic projects? Its conclusions suggest that the power and involvement of the elite continued into the 1930s, maintaining a positive approach to the scope and function of municipal authority.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Barry Doyle
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 15:39
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 17:29


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