Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England, 1700-1820

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 26, 1996 - Business & Economics - 382 pages
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This is a paperback edition of one of the most important and original contributions to English rural history published in the past generation. Winner of the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society in 1994, Commoners challenges the view that England had no peasantry or that it had disappeared before industrialization: rather it shows that common right and petty landholding shaped social relations in English villages, and that their loss at enclosure sharpened social antagonisms and imprinted on popular culture a pervasive sense of loss.
  

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Contents

The question of value
15
SURVIVAL
53
Who had common right?
55
Threats before enclosure
81
Ordering the commons
110
Enforcing the orders
134
The uses of waste
158
DECLINE
185
Resisting enclosure
259
CONCLUSION
295
Making freeman of the slave
297
Using the Land Tax
331
Acreage equivalents
342
Correcting and editing the Land Tax
344
Landholding estimates
345
Bibliography
346

Two villages
187
Decline and disappearance
221

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Page 5 - These paths are stopt the rude philistines thrall Is laid upon them and destroyed them all Each little tyrant with his little sign Shows where man claims earth glows no more divine On paths to freedom and to childhood dear A board sticks up to notice 'no road here...
Page 6 - no road here' And on the tree with ivy overhung The hated sign by vulgar taste is hung* As tho' the very birds should learn to know When they go there they must no further go...
Page 351 - The Insufficiency of the Causes to which the increase of our Poor and of the Poor's Rates have been commonly ascribed, the True One stated, with an Inquiry into the Mortality of Country Houses of Industry, etc., by Rev.

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