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The Politics of Social Conflict : The Peak Country, 1520-1770 - Andy Wood

The Politics of Social Conflict

The Peak Country, 1520-1770

By: Andy Wood

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780521561143
Number Of Pages: 374

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This book provides a new approach to the history of social conflict, popular politics and plebeian culture in the early modern period. Based on a close study of the Peak Country of Derbyshire c. 1520-1770, it has implications for understandings of class identity, popular culture, riot, custom and social relations. A detailed reconstruction of economic and social change within the region is followed by an in-depth examination of the changing cultural meanings of custom, gender, locality, skill, literacy, orality and magic. The local history of social conflict sheds new light upon the nature of political engagement and the origins of early capitalism. Important insights are offered into early modern social and gender identities, civil war allegiances, the appeal of radical ideas and the making of the English working class. Above all, the book challenges the claim that early modern England was a hierarchical, 'pre-class' society. Second Prize in the Whitfield Prize 1999.

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'[A] richly rewarding study ... [Wood's] fine analysis of the plebeian politics of the Peak in the English Revolution ... is itself worth the price of admission to a masterclass in the new social history of politics.' Economic History Review

List of figures
List of tables
List of maps
List of abbreviations
Introduction - 'terms we did not understand': landscape, place and perceptions
Social relations and popular culture in early modern England
The Structures of Inequality
Economy and society in the Peak Country, c. 1520âÇô1570
Industrialization and social change, c. 1570âÇô1660
The Peak Country as an industrial region, c. 1660âÇô1770
Social conflict and early capitalism
The Conditions of Community
'The memory of the people': custom, law and popular culture
The politics of custom
Community, identity and culture
The Politics of Social Conflict
'Pyllage uppon the poore mynorz': sources of social conflict, 1500âÇô1600
'All is hurly burly here': local histories of social conflict, 1600âÇô1640
The Peak in context: riot and popular politics in early Stuart England
'Prerogative hath many proctors': the English Revolution and the plebeian politics of the Peak, 1640âÇô1660
The experience of defeat? The defence of custom, 1660âÇô1770
The making of the English working class in the Derbyshire Peak Country
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ISBN: 9780521561143
ISBN-10: 0521561140
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.7