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The rural warCaptain Swing and the politics of protest$
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Carl J. Griffin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086267

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086267.001.0001

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Something before Swing or Swing itself?

Something before Swing or Swing itself?

(p.65) 3 Something before Swing or Swing itself?
The rural war

Carl J. Griffin

Manchester University Press

This chapter shows that in 1829 and the early months of 1830 the complaints and protests of rural workers became yet more insistent and desperate. In particular, it was a series of fires in the summer of 1830 in the town of Sevenoaks which first alerted the government and the wider nation to the fact that southern England was a social powder keg, drawing attention from central government, fearful of revolutionary threats in the city and countryside alike.

Keywords:   rural workers, southern England, Sevenoaks, revolutionary threats

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