About the Book – Annals of the Labouring Poor: Social Change and Agrarian England, 1660-1900
Annals of the Labouring Poor: Social Change and Agrarian England, 1660-1900
by K. D. M. Snell
Hardcover Book, 464 pages
This collection of inter-connected essays is concerned with the impact of social change upon the labouring poor of rural England, and combines a sensitive understanding of their particular preoccupations with innovative quantitative analysis. Levels of employment, wage rates, poor relief, the sexual division of labour, apprenticeship patterns and seasonal economic fluctuations are amongst the issues discussed in a major reassessment of a perennial problem: the standard of living (in its widest sense) of rural labour during the period of industrialisation. The author’s conclusions challenge much of the prevailing orthodoxy, and his use of literary and attitudinal sources is closely integrated with the quantitative restatement of an interpretation of the impact of social upheaval that owes much to the older tradition of the Hammond’s Village Labourer. The work concludes with an examination of the work of Thomas Hardy, as it reflects and illumines soe of the wider themes of agrarian change.
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