Working the Land

A History of the Farmworker in England from 1850 to the Present Day

Authors: Verdon, Nicola

  • Expands and builds upon the recent research on gender, class and farm labour in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 
  • Presents a national picture alongside a more nuanced regional and local approach, based upon substantial original archival research. 
  • Portrays an image of farm workers which moves beyond the historical representation of them as slow, backward and homogenous, exploring the real working life and mind-set of these workers.
  • Utilises a range of quantitative and qualitative sources allowing for a statistical overview to be considered alongside how workers viewed and felt about their work in their own words. 
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This book offers a new history of the farmworker in England from 1850 to the present day. It focuses on the paid worker, considering how the experiences of farm work – the work performed, wages earned and conditions of hiring – were shaped by gender, age and region. Combining data extracted from statistical sources with personal and autobiographical accounts, it places the individual farmworker back into a broader collective history. Beginning in the mid-Victorian era, when farmworkers were the most numerically significant occupational group in England, it considers the impact of economic, technological and social change on the scale and nature of farm work over the next hundred and fifty years, whilst also highlighting the continuation of some practices, including the use of casual and migrant workers to perform low-paid, seasonal work. Written in a lively and accessible manner, this book will appeal to those with an interest in rural history, gender history and modern British history. 

About the authors

Nicola Verdon is Reader in Modern British History, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-31674-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-230-30439-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working the Land
Book Subtitle
A History of the Farmworker in England from 1850 to the Present Day
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31674-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-31674-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30439-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 284
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