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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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6

Feeding the nation

 

 

The standard of living

For historians of diet the second half of the nineteenth century presents something of a puzzle. Most economic and social historians are agreed that from some date around the Great Exhibition onwards the wealth derived from Britain’s predominant industrial and commercial position began to be shared to a growing extent by all sections of the community, and that perhaps for the first time the majority of the working classes began to enjoy a taste of the prosperity which was making us the richest nation ...

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