Capitalism, Culture and Decline in Britain: 1750 -1990

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Routledge
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Nov 1, 2002
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Pages
195
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ISBN
9781134958337
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Language
English
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History / General
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How many are still alive today?

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