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Popular Recreations in English Society 1700-1850 - Robert W. Malcolmson

Popular Recreations in English Society 1700-1850

Paperback Published: 12th November 1979
ISBN: 9780521295956
Number Of Pages: 212

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Despite the challenge of seventeenth-century puritanism, many aspects of popular leisure continued to flourish in the century which followed: bull-baiting and cock-fighting; football, wrestling, cudgelling and cricket; and such holiday festivities as parish feasts, Michaelmas fairs, May Day rituals and Whitsun ales. In this book, Professor Malcolmson provides a full account of the sports, pastimes and festive celebrations of the English labouring people in the eighteenth century and examines their gradual decline up to the mid-nineteenth centuries. He describes how widespread social and cultural changes in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries - the enclosure movement, the rapid growth of cities, the rise of evangelicalism, the increasingly rigorous approaches to labour discipline, the decline of paternalistic values - undermined many of these recreations: while others were vigorously suppressed by 'respectable society'. Throughout, full attention is given not only to the actual conduct of popular recreations, but also to their social contexts, their relevance to the culture of genteel society and their involvement in those broader patterns of change which we have come to associate with the 'modernization' of traditional society.

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'... Dr Malcolmson has made an expert contribution to the development of the social approach to history.' English Historical Review '... a tribute to Malcolmson's diligence and ingenuity as a researcher.' Sociological Review 'Malcolmson tells this story with wit, grace and the precision which comes from wide reading.' Journal of Social History

List of plates
List of abbreviations
Popular recreations before the eighteenth century
The holiday calendar
Sports and pastimes
Social contexts
Some social functions
The undermining of popular recreations
Popular recreations under attack
Social change
Appendix: the reform movement against cruelty to animals
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521295956
ISBN-10: 0521295955
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 12th November 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.32