Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England, 1700-1820
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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The question of value
Who had common right?
Threats before enclosure
Ordering the commons
Enforcing the orders
The uses of waste
Making freeman of the slave
Using the Land Tax
Correcting and editing the Land Tax
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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...