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Title: Acts of protest in Central Southern England c1780-c1830
Author: Younger, Katharine Margaret
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 9530
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis has been designed to provide a close examination of protest in central southern England over the fifty years between the Gordon riots of 1780 and the Swing unrest of 1830-31. It is limited in area to the counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire where, apart from certain specialised studies, research into protest has not been extensive. This geographical area encompasses a variety of economies both agricultural and industrial; all affected by war abroad, an increasing population, and new technology and changing work and social relations at home. Over the last fifty years, the study of 'history from below' has largely been the province of left wing historians. This thesis has considered social relationships and the changes brought, from a neutral standpoint, where incidents of protest have been assessed in the light of their time and place rather than from any ideological position. The research has employed a diverse selection of sources, with a qualitative and quantitative approach being employed. It has been structured to initially analyse the three main reasons for protest: economic, social and ideological. It has then taken a concentrated period of the seven years between 1797 and 1803, and examined all forms of protest in Hampshire and Wiltshire over a shorter and crucial time. Finally, protest in and around one market town, Marlborough, has been extensively analysed to show the changing inter-relationships of town, rural hinterland and aristocratic estate. The conclusions reached, as well as highlighting a largely neglected area of research, contribute to an understanding of the later industrial protest in the midlands and north of England from 1811, as well as providing context for the major unrest of the Swing riots of 1830-31.
Supervisor: Haydon, Colin ; Allen, Mark Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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