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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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Movement dynamics and diffusion1

Movement dynamics and diffusion1

(p.87) 4 Movement dynamics and diffusion1
The rural war

Carl J. Griffin

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents a systematic account of the unfurling protests, from the destruction of the first threshing machine at Wingmore on August 24 to the opening of the Hampshire Special Commission on December 18, and considers detailed microstudies of the local resort to protest but set within a regional framework. It represents a reappraisal of how and where Swing occurred. Without such a string of influences and stimuli to action, there is no movement, rather a random series of unrelated events. Swing in its collective forms had a short but intensive existence in Hampshire. Protests continued in the form of occasional incendiary fires, the sending of threatening letters and the voicing of bitter recriminations against those who had incarcerated their friends and family members.

Keywords:   threshing machine, Hampshire Special Commission, rural protest, incendiary fires

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