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Time, work and leisure: Life changes in England since 1700

Hugh Cunningham


This book provides the first history of how we have imagined and used time since 1700. It traces the history of the relationship between work and leisure, from the ‘leisure preference’ of male workers in the eighteenth century, through the increase in working hours in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to their progressive decline from 1830 to 1970. It examines how trade union action was critical in achieving the decline; how class structured the experience of leisure; how male identity was shaped by both work and leisure; how, in a society that placed high value on work, a ‘ ... More

Keywords: time, work, leisure, work-life balance, gender, childhood, retirement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085208
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Cunningham, author