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Peasant petitions : social relations and economic life on landed estates, 1600-1850

Author: R A Houston
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
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"This book examines the structures and texture of rural social relationships, using one type of document found in abundance over all the four component parts of Britain and Ireland: petitions from tenants to their landlords. Exploring the authorship, form, and style of more than 2,000 petitions as well as their content, and looking at variations in petitioning as a communication strategy, it uses requests for help  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R A Houston
ISBN: 9781137394088 1137394080
OCLC Number: 870663643
Description: ix, 313 pages : illiustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING THE RURAL SOCIETIES OF THE BRITISH ISLES. 1. 'Unimportant Minorities' : The Landholding Peasantry of Britain and Ireland, c.1600-1850 ; 2. People Above and Below : 'Landlordism', 'Estate Studies', and Relationships Between Owners and Workers of Land ; 3. Methodologies : The Practice and Theory of Petitions, and the Choice Of Estates --
PART II: LANDED ESTATES: PERSONNEL, ORGANISATION, DOCUMENTATION, AND ELEMENTS OF VARIANCE. 4. Stewards and Other Estate Officials ; 5. The Estates and the Petitions ; 6. Petitions and the Rhythms of Estate Life ; 7. Empty Spaces: The Missing Estate Petitions of Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century Wales --
PART III: AUTHORSHIP, PHYSICAL FORM, AND WRITTEN STYLE OF PETITIONS. 8. Authenticity and Authorship ; 9. Physical Form ; 10. Address ; 11. Ending ; 12. Delivery and Receipt --
PART IV: THE CONTENT OF PETITIONS. 13. The North of Ireland, c.1750-1850 ; 14. North-West England, c.1600-1800 ; 15. The Highland Margin of Scotland, c.1770-1860 --
PART V. LAND, PSYCHOLOGY, AND THE 'HARD SURFACES OF LIFE': ASKING FOR POOR RELIEF ON LANDED ESTATES. 16. Poverty and Self-Help in North-West England and Wales ; 17. Petitioning For Relief on Breadalbane : Estate Policy, Family Life, and Strategies for Care ; 18. Poverty and its Relief in the North of Ireland : The Place of the Estate ; 19. Psychology and Necessity : Attachment to the Land in Parts of Scotland and Ireland --
PART VI: CONCLUSION: THE LANDLORDS AND TENANTS OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND. 20. Paternalism and Deference ; 21. Oppressions, Freedoms, and their Politico-Legal Context ; 22. The Texture of Rural Society In Parts Of Britain And Ireland.
Responsibility: R.A. Houston, Professor of Early Modern History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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