Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

BookMarkets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

1996

March 1st, 1996

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This volume is concerned with markets, market culture and popular protest in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. The chapters focus upon both urban and rural communities: towns and cities, villages and corporations, colliers and tradesmen all feature in these studies since the market was ubiquitous and universal. How it was managed, however, varied from place to place and from time to time and the process of management provides us with a major insight into the social, political and economic relationships of eighteenth-century Britain. Some readers will see in these chapters evidence of the heterogeneity of these relations, but others will recognise that, for all the apparent differences, on basic issues of provisioning there was a remarkable uniformity. Following an introductory chapter, contributions focus on protest in relation to customary corn measures, opposition to turnpikes, resistance to the Cider Tax, scarcity and market management in Bristol, the moral economy of ‘the English middling sort’, Oxford food riots and the Irish famine 1799–1801.

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Adrian Randall is Emeritus Professor of English Social History at the University of Birmingham. Andrew Charlesworth is Lecturer in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright5
Contents7
Contributors8
Preface10
1. Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland Adrian Randall, Andrew Charlesworth, Richard Sheldon and David Walsh14
2. Popular Protest and the Persistence of Customary Corn Measures: Resistance to the Winchester Bushel in the English West Richard Sheldon, Adrian Randall, Andrew Charlesworth and David Walsh38
3. The Jack-a-Lent Riots and Opposition to Turnpikes in the Bristol Region in 1749 Andrew Charlesworth, Richard Sheldon, Adrian Randall and David Walsh59
4. The Cider Tax, Popular Symbolism and Opposition in Mid-Hanoverian England David Walsh, Adrian Randall, Richard Sheldon and Andrew Charlesworth82
5. Scarcity and the Civic Tradition: Market Management in Bristol, 1709-1815 Sttme Poole104
6. The Moral Economy of the English Middling Sort in the Eighteenth Century: the Case of Norwich in 1766 and 1767 Simon Renton128
7. Oxford Food Riots: a Community and its Markets Wendy Thwaites150
8. The Irish Famine of 1799-1801: Market Culture, Moral Economies and Social Protest Roger Wells176
Index208