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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?

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086267.003.0004

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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