The Origins of Mass Society: Speech, Sex and Drink in Urbanising Britain, 1780-1870

Virtual Branch Lecture Recording

By Professor Peter Mandler, published 21st October 2020

Professor Peter Mandler is the current president of the Historical Association. As part of our 'presidents season' for the HA Virtual Branch he gave a fascinating talk on The Origins of Mass Society: Speech, Sex and Drink in Urbanising Britain, 1780-1870.

In this talk he explores the impact of the changes in the way British people lived during the industrial revolution as they moved from rural to city communities. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book The Crisis of the Meritocracy: Britain's Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War will be published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.

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