Eighteenth-Century English Society: Shuttles and Swords
Available in the Osgoode Hall Law School Library
The period from 1688-1820 was marked throughout with riots and rebellions, seditions and strikes, as the lower classes rebelled against the state bias towards the interests of higher social groups. Drawing on recent work on demography, labor, and law, this readable history of the period focuses on the experience of the eighty percent of the population who made up England's "lower orders." Hay and Rogers provide fresh insights into food shortages, changes in poor relief, use of the criminal law, and the shifts in social power caused by industrialization that would bring about the birth of working-class radicalism.
Oxford University Press
Oxford, United Kingdom
Social conditions--18th century; Politics and government--18th century; England; Great Britain
Hay, C. Douglas and Rogers, Nicholas, "Eighteenth-Century English Society: Shuttles and Swords" (1997). Books. 35.