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Lady Georgiana Spencer was once the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and used to be approximately as recognized in her day. In 1774 Georgiana completed fast superstar by way of marrying William Cavendish, 5th duke of Devonshire, considered one of England’s richest and such a lot influential aristocrats. She grew to become the queen of stylish society and founding father of an important political salon of her time. yet Georgiana’s public good fortune hid an unsatisfied marriage, a playing habit, consuming, drug-taking, and rampant amorous affairs with the prime politicians of the day. With penetrating perception, Amanda Foreman unearths a desirable lady whose fight opposed to her personal weaknesses, whose nice attractiveness and flamboyance, and whose choice to play a component within the affairs of the area make her a colourful, astonishingly modern determine.

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F. Zweig, Labour, Life and Poverty (1948), 84–5. ⁸³ R. Coopey, S. O’Connell, and D. Porter, Mail Order Retailing in Britain: A Business and Social History (Oxford, 2005), 115, 118. 26 the uni ted ki ngd om i n 1951 educational and cultural institutions that grew out of Labour Party branches, co-ops, and trade unions. These institutions flourished, together with Labour voting, in the classsegregated communities located well away from London: in the mining areas of South Wales, the Midlands, the north of England, and the Scottish lowlands; in the shipbuilding yards of Newcastle and the Clyde; and adjacent to the huge textile factories of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

S. Churchill, The Sinews of Peace: Post-War Speeches, ed. R. S. Churchill (1948), 98. ³⁰ G. Orwell, ‘Towards European Unity’ (1947), in his Complete Works, xix (1998), 163. ³² From the first flight on 25 June 1948 in the airlift to sustain the Berlin enclave that the USSR had cut off from the West, the British and Americans resumed their close wartime collaboration. No formal treaty was required to establish USA bases on British soil: these were Britain’s safeguard against Communist domination in Europe and the USA’s first line of national self-defence.

Middle-class educational fragmentation went further. Some public schools and universities carried more social cachet than others, and much depended on whether the child was on the right side of the great divide between public and grammar school. The careers of such middle-class Labour Party champions as Harold Wilson, Barbara Castle, and Hugh Gaitskell show how much the British left owed to the meritocratic grammar-school pupil’s resentment at privilege or to the public-school pupil’s repudiation of it.

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