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Classes and the Masses in Victorian England

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Despite the aspirations of Disraeli and others for 'one nation', the dynamics and disparities of Victorian society inexorably sharpened the sense of class identity and its verbal expression.

By the time that John Wade published his History of the Middle and Working Classes in 1833, the use of such class terminology had become ever more common in Britain. Only two years previously the National Union of the working Classes had been founded, while the year before that the Birmingham Political Union was formed as:

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