Posts Tagged ‘“Downton Abbey’

  • Downton Abbey Economics

    What Can We Learn From Downton Abbey Economics?

    Feb 16, 14 • 386 Views • No Comments

    Downton Abbey can tell us a lot about the British economy…but not everything. We know the aristocracy is struggling. Many of the 700 families who had controlled 80% of all acreage during the 1870s faced financial collapse 50 years later. We saw at...  [read more]

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    The Invention That Started to Close the Gender Gap

    Jan 6, 14 • 384 Views • No Comments

    Worrying that labor saving devices would replace her, Downton Abbey’s cook, Mrs. Patmore, was not pleased with the new electric mixer that arrived in her kitchen in 1922. By contrast, if Edith does move out of Downton Abbey into more modest living...  [read more]

  • Downton Abbey Maids

    Downton Abbey Economics: Downstairs

    Jan 27, 13 • 856 Views • No Comments

    Like a business affected by a structural change in the economy, the world was shifting downstairs at Downton Abbey. The “business” was run by Mr. Carson, the butler, and Mrs. Hughes, the head housekeeper, while Daisy, the scullery maid, was at...  [read more]

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    Downton Abbey Economics: Upstairs

    Jan 26, 13 • 547 Views • No Comments

    When Matthew Crawley, the new son-in-law investor/savior of Downton Abbey is invited to look at the books after handing over his inheritance to keep the financially sinking estate afloat, he discovers egregiously poor management. He also finds out that his...  [read more]

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    Domestic Work

    Dec 27, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    What do drip dry clothing, take-out food, dog walkers, dishwashers, dry cleaners, and dusty ceilings have in common? A servant shortage. Currently, Brazil has less household help because of economic growth. Low income women who had worked and lived in the...  [read more]