Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy

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Yale University Press
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6.0 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
Emma Griffin is professor of modern British history at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of five books, including Liberty's Dawn and Blood Sport.

"Griffin's pioneering research shifts our attention from the generalities of economic growth to the realities of lived experience. Her humane and human book is an outstanding contribution to the history of Victorian Britain."-- Martin Daunton, author of Wealth and Welfare

"Bread Winner is a love affair with life-writing. The extraordinary voices of the poor, the ambitious, the mobile and the utterly insignificant of Victorian Britain are brought together to tell us how they got by in a precarious world."--Lucy Delap, author of Knowing Their Place

"A sobering - and important - account of the human dimensions of economic life ... Makes a powerful case for why attention to the family is indispensable to any understanding of the Victorian economy." --Deborah Cohen, author of Family Secrets

"Griffin's startling re-evaluation of the Victorian family, powered by the voices and experiences of the poor themselves, is both rigorous and moving in its human detail and searching analyses."--Peter Mandler, author of The English National Character