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The Land Question in Britain, 1750-1950 - Matthew Cragoe

The Land Question in Britain, 1750-1950

By: Matthew Cragoe (Editor), Paul Readman (Editor)

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For nearly two hundred years, the use and ownership of land generated much political controversy in Britain. Liberals, radicals and socialists attacked the evils of 'landlordism', proposing measures ranging from allotment bills to land nationalisation. Conversely, political conservatives mounted various campaigns in defence of the landed aristocracy and landed property in general, resisting the schemes of reformers while likewise sponsoring legislation to further their own cause. The ensuing debate over the 'land question' became a fixture of modern British politics between 1750 and 1950. This volume, featuring a distinguished line-up of expert contributors, offers the first synoptic and pan-British treatment of the land question in this period. Critically engaging with recent research, the essays offer a range of fresh social, cultural, political and economic perspectives on the land question as it played out in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Contributorsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Common Field Landscape, Cultural Commemoration and the Impact of Enclosure, c. 1770-1850p. 19
'Witnesses for the Defence': The Yeomen of Old England and the Land Question, c. 1815-1837p. 37
Chartism and the Land: 'The Mighty People's Question'p. 57
The 'Manchester School' and the Landlords: The Failure of Land Reform in Early Victorian Britainp. 74
'A Contemptible Mimic of the Irish'. The Land Question in Victorian Walesp. 92
Setting the Heather on Fire: The Land Question in Scotland, 1850-1914p. 109
Irish Land and British Politicsp. 126
Richard Cobden, J. E. Thorold Rogers and Henry Georgep. 146
London and the Land Question, c. 1880-1914p. 167
The Edwardian Land Questionp. 181
Unemployment, Taxation and Housing: The Urban Land Question in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britainp. 201
Land Reform and the English Land Market, 1880-1925p. 219
Socialism and the Land Question: Public Ownership and Control in Labour Party Policy, 1918-1950sp. 237
Epilogue: The Strange Death of the English Land Questionp. 257
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780230203402
ISBN-10: 023020340X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 20th January 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 22.2