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Title: The management and government of Scottish society as reflected in Clackmannanshire : 'the sma'burgh 1832-1870'
Author: Cockburn, Ian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 5318
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2008
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There is a deficiency of studies on the middle classes especially in Scotland during this period. In looking at the Clackmannanshire middle classes, we have to locate them within the wider context of Britain, Scotland and their urban position within a county seat. The evolution of the middle class in Scotland became much more rapid after the 1832 Reform Act and their rise from a state of fragmented power and limited collective identity in the mid eighteenth century to great unity and influence by the third decade of the nineteenth century, In Scotland as stated we have a gap in information or studies into the growth and power of the middle classes. There has been some detailed analyse by historians such as Stana Nenadic, Richard Trainer, R J. Morris and Graeme Morton in articles and part histories, also Tony Dickson on Paisley gives us the traditional Marxist lines of class formation and class conflict. We will use all of the above as a basis to form a picture of the middle classes in Scot. Stana Nenadic believes that it is not possible to explore the Scottish middle class other than within a British context nor he believes desirable, since it was during this period that Scotland was socially integrated with England. An argument I would disagree with as Scotland was politically aligned with England but socially not quite. Nenadic also states that in 1760 there was no tangible sense of class in Scotland. Therefore the middle classes almost came out of nowhere due to industrialisation and with Scotland's industrialisation coming later than England's the rise of the middle classes was more rapid. Nenadic puts this rise down to the middle classes evolving a sense of identity and collective solidarity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral