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Two of the world's great Marxist historians present a classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1830. 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.
This title charts the social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1830. As capitalism penetrated deeper and deeper into the countryside with the onset of the industrial revolution, farmers rioted all across rural England. These uprisings were known as the "Swing".
Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-371) and indexes.