Gilbert, Martin

Martin Gilbert
1 June 2016Review

John Murray, 2015; 502pp; £10.99

Spanning the century from 1910 to 2010, this engaging social history shows how a group of people without wealth or power (the working class) were able to gain some measure of control over their lives before losing it again.

In 1910, competent servants had a place for life, but they had to ‘know their place’, accepting decisions made for them by their ‘betters’ ‘in their best interests’.

Todd shows how assertiveness replaced deference as domestic staff entered factories…