chapter  6
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Class, the gospel of work and ‘hazard’

In Chapter 4 it was argued that at a time when the liberal bourgeois state was increasing in power, historical romances were presenting images of past governments which suggested that such a state was the culmination of a natural and healthy development. These images had national and social dimensions: the ‘healthy development’ was presented as a particularly English phenomenon, and the natural leadership of such a state was vested in a beneficent upper class.