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Title: Aspects of the social geography of early-modern Norwich : applications of computer techniques
Author: Jones, Daniel Thomas.
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2003
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The study looks at the social topography of early-modem Norwich, at that time the largest and richest of English provincial cities. The relationship between its physical setting, administrative organisation and social structure is examined, and the situation in Norwich is compared with that of its peers. In addition to traditional methods of enquiry, computer-based techniques are used in order to provide nominal record linkages and graphical displays. It is also argued that the more sophisticated analyses made possible by the use of the computer provides new insights. A topography of wealth and power is derived from information concerning the mayors, and taxation. An alternative, but not entirely complementary, topography of poverty is found in the Poor Law records. Baptismal and burial records show spatial variations in both normal mortality, and during periods of plague and smallpox. Further evidence of the complexity of this society, and the multiplicity of its topographies, is derived from considering aspects of religious dissent, politics and crime. Limitations in parish-based materials are contrasted with findings based on Landgable Assessments, an example of property-based data. It is suggested that further work on abutments would be a valuable extension of the present work. Existing theories of social topography are examined, but offer little help in explaining the reality that was early-modem Norwich. A plea is made for the recognition of the value of examining this type of society for its own sake rather than simply as a precursor to industrial cities. Norwich is shown to be a member of a distinct group of the most important English provincial cities. A theoretical description of their nature is attempted, with the suggestion that, as a leading member of this group, the study of Norwich topography may be relevant to understanding the nature of the other members of the group.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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