Martin Wiener

Martin Wiener a professor of history at Rice University, Texas, is the author of English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit 1850-1980.

Golden England

Martin Wiener, 3 December 1981

Lincoln Allison’s Condition of England should be prescribed as an antidote to seizures of collective despair. In this time of national gloom, Dr Allison, who teaches politics and environmental planning at the University of Warwick, has offered the testament of an optimist. He provides reasons for contentment with the national lot, reminding his fellow-countrymen that they possess certain ‘collective goods’ – a land and a unique way of life – of inestimable value. English culture, he argues, is ‘the richest and most resilient in the world’, and the English environment one of the most satisfying.

Designing criminal policy

David Garland, 10 October 1991

Until relatively recently, criminal justice history was written not by professional historians but by the system’s practitioners – retired prison officials, civil servants,...

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Ideas of Decline

Sheldon Rothblatt, 6 August 1981

With a titular allusion to Max Weber’s famous essay on the rise of capitalism, Martin Wiener discusses the bewildering question of Britain’s current economic stagnation, retardation,...

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