Captain Swing

Captain Swing

Eric J. Hobsbawm, George Rudé

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: B0028GA752

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

EPUB eISBN: 9781781682258
Original publication (hardcover): 1969
Electronic publication (also paperback): 2014

The classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1830, from one of the greatest historians of our age. For generation upon generation, the English farm laborer lived in poverty and degradation. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, however, new forces came into play--and when capitalism swept from the cities into the countryside, tensions reached the breaking point. From 1830 on, a series of revolts, known as the "Swing," shook England to its core. Here is the background of that upheaval, from its rise to its fall, and the people who tried to change their world. A masterpiece of British history.

About the Author-
Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge. He is the author of numerous classic works of history. He died in October 2012.

George Rude was a distinguished Marxist historian and renowned expert on 18th-century history. He died in 1993.

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(Lincoln), 7 January 1831 (Wilts.); H.O. 52/10 (letter of 30 November 1830) [Suffolk]. 3. H.O. 52/7 (letter of 3 December 1830) [Herts.]; The Times, 19, 24 November and I, 4 December 1830; Reading Mercury, 22 November 1830; H.O. 52/9 (letter of 27 November 1830) [Oxon]. 4. The Times, 12, 22, 29 November; 14 December 1830. 5. The Times, 24 November 1830; E. G. Wakefield, Swing Unmasked, pp. 8–13; H.O. 40/25, fos. 904–5 (24 December 1830). 6. From The Times and provincial press, Q.S. records,.

To be governed by the universal free market of the liberal economist (which was inevitably a market for land and men as well as for goods), but only to the extent that suited nobles, squires and farmers; they advocated an economy which implied mutually antagonistic classes, but did not want it to disrupt a society of ordered ranks. “In the prosperity of agriculture”, observed N. Kent27 in 1796, “there are three persons who have a natural tye upon each other: the gentleman of landed interest—the.

Principally in Banbury, arrived at his (the prosecutor’s) premises. They brought with them a hay-making machine which they had taken from the same hamlet named Kilby. They went by a back road to the farm yard of a Mr. Austin of the same village, & stole from thence a parcel of straw; a tinder box and matches they brought with them. With these means they set fire to both machines. A significant feature of this affair was the prominent role played in it by the small tradesmen and craftsmen of the.

That they “had not half a mob”.27 Again, numbers were one of the factors determining how far an itinerant band might safely wander from its base: in the case just quoted, the Yattendon men had clearly exceeded this limit by driving as far north as Streatley (7 miles from Yattendon) before crossing the river to Goring and Basildon, by which time their numbers (at one time 300) had sadly diminished. By this time, too, night had fallen and it was rare indeed (if it ever happened) for a party to.

1830), for London; H.O. 52/8 (letters of 30 November and 13 December 1830), for Leicestershire and Lancashire; and H.O. 52/11 (letter of 3 December 1830), for Worcestershire. 6. Gentleman’s Magazine, C (July–December 1830), p. 362. 7. H.O. 52/10 (letter of 19 November 1830). 8. The Times, 25 November 1830. 9. H.O. 40/25, fos. 904–5 (note of 24 December 1830). 10. For conflicting attitudes of labourers towards incendiarism in various counties, see chaps. 5, 6 and 7 above, and see Gash, op.

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