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Palgrave Macmillan

Protest, Politics and Work in Rural England, 1700-1850

ISBN 9780230299672
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Social History in Perspective

Rural workers in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England were not passive victims in the face of rapid social change. Carl J. Griffin shows that they deployed an extensive range of resistances to defend their livelihoods and communities. Locating protest in the wider contexts of work, poverty and landscape change, this new text offers the first critical overview of this growing area of study.

Carl J. Griffin is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Introduction: Understanding Rural Protest
1. Work, Worklessness and the Poor Law
2. Rural Workers, Custom and the State
3. Land and Environmental Change
4. Community, Custom and Religion: Unsettling the Everyday

5. Protest Practice
6. Rural Rebellion
7. Rural Popular Politics
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