The Rural War: Captain Swing and the Politics of Protest

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Beginning in Kent in the summer of 1830 before spreading throughout the country, the Swing Riots were the most dramatic and widespread rising of the English rural poor. Seeking an end to their immiseration, the protestors destroyed machines, demanded higher wages and more generous poor relief, and even frequently resorted to incendiarism to enforce their modest demands. Occurring against a backdrop of revolutions in continental Europe and a political crisis, Swing to many represented a genuine challenge to the existing ...

The Rural War: Captain Swing and the Politics of Protest 2015, Manchester University Press, Manchester

ISBN-13: 9780719097270

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The Rural War: Captain Swing and the Politics of Protest 2012, Manchester University Press, Manchester

ISBN-13: 9780719086267

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