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Title: Rural society in eighteenth-century Montgomeryshire
Author: Humphreys, T. M.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1982
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This study is concerned with the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire during the years 1690-1815. Following an introduction, which examines the county's physical features, demography and fluctuations in economic prosperity during the century, the first half of the study concerns the county's landowning elite. In turn, the second half of the study surveys the remainder of the populace. The structure of, and the changes affecting landed society provide the subject of chapter 2. Two chapters are subsequently devoted to a study of the landowners and their administration of their estates, in the agricultural and industrial contexts. The fifth chapter inspects the role of the landowners in politics and local government, with particular reference to their exercise of authority over the community. In turn a sixth chapter examines the social life of the landowners. The study of the community at large is intended to complement the first half. The opening chapter examines the social structure of the wider community, and is subdivided to scan the clergy, the artisans, craftsmen and tradesmen, the farmers, the labourers and the poor. Subsequently chapter 8 provides an examination of farming in Montgomeryshire during the eighteenth century. In chapter 9 law and order in the community is studied, with particular reference to the forces of social harmony, protest and attitudes towards the ruling elite of landowners. Finally, prior to a brief concluding chapter, the social life of the wider community is reconstructed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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