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The Resource Servants : a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times, Lucy Lethbridge

Servants : a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times, Lucy Lethbridge

Label
Servants : a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times
Title
Servants
Title remainder
a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times
Statement of responsibility
Lucy Lethbridge
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • From the immense staff running a lavish Edwardian estate and the lonely maid-of-all-work cooking in a cramped middle-class house to the poor child doing chores in a slightly less poor household, servants were essential to the British way of life. They were hired not only for their skills but also to demonstrate the social standing of their employers -- even as they were required to tread softly and blend into the background. More than simply the laboring class serving the upper crust -- as popular culture would have us believe -- they were a diverse group that shaped and witnessed major changes in the modern home, family, and social order. Spanning over 100 years, Lucy Lethbridge -- in this "best type of history" (Literary Review) -- brings to life through letters and diaries the voices of countless men and women who have been largely ignored by the historical record. She also interviews former and current servants for their recollections of this waning profession. At the fore are the experiences of young girls who slept in damp corners of basements, kitchen maids were required to stir eggs until the yolks were perfectly centered, and cleaners who had to scrub floors on their hands and knees despite the wide availability of vacuum cleaners. We also meet a lord who solved his inability to open a window by throwing a brick through it and Winston Churchill's butler who did not think Churchill would know how to dress on his own. A compassionate and discerning exploration of the complex relationship between the server, the served, and the world they lived in, Servants opens a window onto British society from the Edwardian period to the present. - Jacket flap
  • A compassionate and discerning exploration of the complex relationship between the server, the served, and the world they lived in, Servants opens a window onto British society from the Edwardian period to the present
Summary
Paints a vivid picture of the lives of British servants through the letters and diaries of those who served in upper crust households and explores the complicated relationships and social implications between the server and those they served
Writing style
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10231536
Cataloging source
DLC
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Lethbridge, Lucy
Dewey number
941
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Household employees
  • Household employees
  • Social classes
  • Great Britain
  • Household employees
  • Household employees
  • Social classes
  • Social conditions
  • Great Britain
  • Household employees
  • Household employees
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times
Label
Servants : a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times, Lucy Lethbridge
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published under the title: Servants : a downstairs view of twentieth-century Britain
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-368) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The symbolic pantomime -- "A sort of silence and embarrassment" -- The dainty life -- "A seat in the hall" -- Centralising the egg yolks -- Popinjays and mob caps -- The desire for perfection -- "Some poor girl's got to go up and down, up and down -- " -- The sacred trust -- The ideal village -- "Silent, obsequious and omnipresent" -- Bowing and scraping -- The age of ambivalence -- Out of a cage -- "Don't think your life will be any different to mine" -- "It was exploitation but it worked" -- "Tall, strong, healthy and keen to work" -- The mechanical maid -- Outer show and inner life -- A vast machine that has forgotten how to stop working -- Bachelor establishments are notoriously comfortable -- The question of the inner life -- "Do they really drink out of their saucers?' -- "Of alien origin" -- A new Jerusalem -- A new and useful life -- The housewife militant -- "The change : it must have been terrible for them" -- The shape of things to come -- "We don't want them days again' -- "We've moved to the front" -- "I'd never done what i liked -- never in all my life" -- "We like it because the past is not so worrying as the news" -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xi 385 pages
Isbn
9780393349801
Lccn
2013028069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)829738431
Label
Servants : a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times, Lucy Lethbridge
Publication
Note
Originally published under the title: Servants : a downstairs view of twentieth-century Britain
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-368) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The symbolic pantomime -- "A sort of silence and embarrassment" -- The dainty life -- "A seat in the hall" -- Centralising the egg yolks -- Popinjays and mob caps -- The desire for perfection -- "Some poor girl's got to go up and down, up and down -- " -- The sacred trust -- The ideal village -- "Silent, obsequious and omnipresent" -- Bowing and scraping -- The age of ambivalence -- Out of a cage -- "Don't think your life will be any different to mine" -- "It was exploitation but it worked" -- "Tall, strong, healthy and keen to work" -- The mechanical maid -- Outer show and inner life -- A vast machine that has forgotten how to stop working -- Bachelor establishments are notoriously comfortable -- The question of the inner life -- "Do they really drink out of their saucers?' -- "Of alien origin" -- A new Jerusalem -- A new and useful life -- The housewife militant -- "The change : it must have been terrible for them" -- The shape of things to come -- "We don't want them days again' -- "We've moved to the front" -- "I'd never done what i liked -- never in all my life" -- "We like it because the past is not so worrying as the news" -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xi 385 pages
Isbn
9780393349801
Lccn
2013028069
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)829738431

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