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By Scott Wood

How lengthy has a corpse been staring out at passengers at the tube? was once London Bridge relatively shipped in a foreign country through an American pondering he'd received Tower Bridge? Did the Queen relatively combine with the crowds as a princess on VE Day? And did Hitler really are looking to stay in Balham? city legends are the humorous, anxious and fierce folklore humans proportion. like the early people stories that got here sooner than them, those stories are shaped from reactions to dazzling occasions on this planet, and replicate our present values. From royal rumours to subterranean legends, Scott wooden has researched and written approximately them with a feeling of ask yourself, humour and a prepared eye. He unearths the reality, the parable and the lies among those stories.

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Even the relatively activist Whig governments of the 1830s sought to promote an essentially negative sort of social fairness, distancing the State from social quarrels by paring down contentious political privileges, such as the Anglican monopoly on higher education and the payment of cess in Ireland. g. , Studies in the Growth of Nineteenth-Century Government (London, 1972), 63–81; Henry Roseveare, The Treasury: The Evolution of a British Institution (London, 1969), 68–70; J. M. Bourne, Patronage and Society in Nineteenth-Century England (London, 1986); Philip Harling, ‘The Politics of Administrative Change’, Jahrbuch für Europäische Verwaltungsgeschichte, 8 (1996), 191–212.

Alan Sheridan (New York, 1977). g. , The Emergence of the Welfare State in Britain and Germany (London, 1981), 9–31. ²⁵ Third, a crackdown on outdoor relief spearheaded by the new Local Government Board in the early 1870s led to a 30 per cent reduction in the number of paupers given outdoor relief. ²⁷ It is easy to fall into Dickensian hyperbole in cataloguing the miseries of the workhouse system. Workhouses were hardly Foucauldian ‘total institutions’ because local Boards of Guardians found it difficult to find and were usually unwilling to pay for a sufficient number of competent workhouse officers to keep the paupers under strict discipline.

D. , Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780–1850 (Oxford, 2003). ⁵¹ Nor was organized voluntary provision a particularly ‘middle-class’ tendency. Working-class hostility to an undemocratic State, as expressed for example through Chartism, was accompanied by a process of colonization of civil society: in E. P. Thompson’s famous words, ‘the workers, having failed to overthrow capitalist society, proceeded to warren it from end to end’. The result was ‘the characteristic class institutions of the Labour Movement .

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