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Commoners : common right, enclosure and social change in England, 1700-1820

Author: J M Neeson
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Past and present publications.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
This book challenges the view that England had no peasantry, or that it had disappeared before industrialization. Rather it shows that common right and petty landholding shaped social relations in English villages.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Neeson
ISBN: 0521567742 9780521567749 0521440548 9780521440547
OCLC Number: 35089726
Awards: Winner of Whitfield Prize 1994
Description: xiv, 382 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction; 1. The question of value; Part I. Survival: 2. Who had common right? 3. Threats before enclosure; 4. Ordering the commons; 5. Enforcing the orders; 6.The uses of waste; Part II. Decline: 7. Two villages; 8. Decline and disappearance; 9. Resisting enclosure; Part III. Conclusion: 10. 'Making freeman of the slave'; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Past and present publications.
Responsibility: J.M. Neeson.


This is one of the most important and original contributions to English rural history to be published in the past generation, winner of the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society in 1994.  Read more...


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'Commoners ... will transform the understanding of [eighteenth-century] agrarian and social history.' E. P. Thompson, Customs in Common 'Little can be said in criticism of this wonderful book... Read more...

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