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Gilded Youth By James Brooke-Smith

Gilded Youth by James Brooke-Smith

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Gilded Youth: Privilege, Rebellion and the British Public School by James Brooke-Smith

The British public school is an iconic institution, a training ground for the ruling elite and a symbol of national identity and tradition. But beyond the elegant architecture and evergreen playing fields is a turbulent history of teenage rebellion, sexual dissidence, and political radicalism. James Brooke-Smith wades into the wilder shores of public-school life over the last three hundred years in Gilded Youth. He uncovers armed mutinies in the late eighteenth century, a Victorian craze for flagellation, dandy-aesthetes of the 1920s, quasi-scientific discourse on masturbation, Communist scares in the 1930s, and the salacious tabloid scandals of the present day.

Drawing on personal experience, extensive research, and public school representations in poetry, school slang, spy films, popular novels, and rock music, Brooke-Smith offers a fresh account of upper-class adolescence in Britain and the role of elite private education in shaping youth culture. He shows how this central British institution has inspired a counterculture of artists, intellectuals, and radicals - from Percy Shelley and George Orwell to Peter Gabriel and Richard Branson - who have rebelled against both the schools themselves and the wider society for which they stand.

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GOR009780849
9781789140668
1789140668
Gilded Youth: Privilege, Rebellion and the British Public School by James Brooke-Smith
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Reaktion Books
2019-02-11
272
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