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The rural war: Captain Swing and the politics of protest

Carl J. Griffin


Beginning in Kent in the summer of 1830 before spreading throughout the country, the Swing Riots were the most dramatic and widespread rising of the English rural poor. Seeking an end to their immiseration, the protestors destroyed machines, demanded higher wages and more generous poor relief, and even frequently resorted to incendiarism to enforce their modest demands. But occurring against a backdrop of revolutions in continental Europe and a political crisis, Swing to many represented a genuine challenge to the existing ruling order, provoking a bitter and bloody repression. This book offer ... More

Keywords: Swing Riots, rural poor, immiseration, poor relief, ruling order, repression, rural life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719086267
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl J. Griffin, author