The rural warCaptain Swing and the politics of protest
Subject Area: History
BIC Category: Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
Published: May 2012
234 x 156 mm
Publisher: Manchester University Press
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. But occurring against a backdrop of revolutions in continental Europe and a political crisis, Swing to many represented a genuine challenge to the existing ruling order, provoking a bitter and bloody repression.
The rural war offers a vivid new account of this defining moment in British history. It is shown that the protests were more organised, intensive and politically motivated than has hitherto been thought, representing complex statements about the nature of authority, gender and the politics of rural life. This book will become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of the English countryside: specialists, students and general readers alike.
1 Rough men, pleasant histories
2 Life and labour on and off the parish
3 Something before Swing or Swing itself?
4 Movement dynamics and diffusion
5 Movement mechanisms
6 The politics of the parish
7 Radical participatory politics
8 The gender politics of Swing
9 Suppressing Swing
10 Swing and social policy
11 Something after Swing?
Mark Metcalf,Tribune, December 2012 'Griffin has provided a compelling reappraisal of Swing which is a major contribution to geographies of rural protest. It also offers a vision for a post-Thompsonian way of thinking about the forms of subaltern political activity in English countryside'
Dave Featherstone, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
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