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The Politics of Hunger: Protest, Poverty and Policy in England, c. 1750-c. 1840

Carl J. Griffin


In the age of Malthus and the workhouse when the threat of famine and absolute biological want had supposedly been lifted from the peoples of England, hunger remained a potent political force – and problem. Yet hunger has been marginalized as an object of study by scholars of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England, studies either framed through famine or left to historians of early modern England. The politics of hunger represents the first systematic attempt to think through the ways in which hunger persisted as something both feared and felt, as vital to public policy innovati ... More

Keywords: Hunger, England, Protest, Eighteenth century, Nineteenth century, Social policy, Famine, Workhouse, Speenhamland, Food riots

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526145628
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526145635


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl J. Griffin, author
University of Sussex