A useful sociological document, and an important reference book for a one volume record of the changes in ways of living, ways of thinking, ways of doing over about 200 years. Not, however, a book likely to be read by the average reader in search of a general history of England during that period. In spite of certain essential connections with matters political and historical, there is singularly little concern with the matters of general history. The urbane working class, the agricultural class, the great middle class -- and their share in the trend towards political and economic freedom. Trade unionism and its part in the picture. Various class movements. Social progress. A staple item for libraries and colleges.