Rural Conflict, Crime and Protest: Herefordshire, 1800-1860

October 2003
24 line illustrations
238 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843830184
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBJD1, 1DBK, 2A, 3JF, 4P

Rural Conflict, Crime and Protest: Herefordshire, 1800-1860

Timothy Shakesheff

Evidence from the west of England balances that already available from the eastern regions of England.
Rural Conflict, Crime and Protest makes a major contribution to the historiography of nineteenth century crime. The work presents a new analysis of several important and controversial themes: the concept of social crime, petty crime and protest in the English countryside between 1800 and 1860. The bulk of the research into rural crime has traditionally emanated from East Anglia, the south and the east; however, the bulk of the evidence for this book has come from Herefordshire, in the west of England, adding to the historiography of nineteenth century rural crime. Based upon a rich vein of primary source material and liberally interspersed with court room revelations and newspaper reports this work is both informative and scholarly and would make a useful addition to the bookshelves of academics and students alike, without excluding the casual reader.
TIMOTHY SHAKESHEFF is lecturer in modern British social history at the University College, Worcester.

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Keywords: Modern History


Provides a welcome re-opening of the issue of 'social crime' which has tended to be overlooked in many treatments of crime and law enforcement. RURAL HISTORY
There is much to be applauded in this work; our empirical knowledge is fortified, and interpretative debates enriched. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW
[An] excellent contribution to the history of crime and the rural working class. [.] A well-crafted and intelligent study. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY.
[Provides] us with much information on, and valuable insights into, an important subject. EHR