Land and Society in Edwardian Britain

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Overview

Lloyd George's 'New domesday' initiated in 1910 yields valuable insights into Edwardian Britain. This original volume, based on new research into primary sources, presents a standard source of reference to this diverse material. Part I deals with the administration of the survey; Part II with themes such as social structures, rural society, and comparisons with other historical records. Dr Short's study will be of special use not only to historical geographers, economists and anthropologists, but also to local historians and genealogists.
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Editorial Reviews

Kevin D. Hill
...[A useful addition] to the body of literature on British agricultural history....[The book is] a reference book for those interested in the land valuation legislation and survey of 1910....uses documents concerned with landholding as a window into the society which produced them. -- Agricultural History
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"...essential reading for any serius student of the land question and a necessary acquistion for schools with graduate programs programs in British history." F. Coetzee, Choice

"...succeeds in conveying a sense of the richness of the valuation material and will serve as a useful handbook for all who seek to tap into that richness." Bruce K. Murray, Albion

"...clearly written and loaded with charts and good references. It is an important study of recently available manuscripts and points us toward a comprehensive survey of land ownership in the early twentieth century." Phillip Thurmond Smith, History

"...informative in discussing the pitfalls encountered when researching agricultural history in the early modern and modern periods as they are in discussing their specific topics. ...a reference book for those interested in the land valuation legislation and survey of 1910. Short has provided a useful study. This volume should, as its author intends, serve as a stimulus and a reference point for further work on the 1910 land survey. ...provide a great deal of information which can be of use to scholars of English agricultural and rural history. ... findings should prove informative to specialists, and their discussions of research and methodology should be eye-opening to students and those with more general interests." kevin D. Hill, Agricultural History

"Brian Short ha brought this database into public view and now it is up to us, whether economic or agricultural historians, historical sociologists or historical geographers, to plunder it for all that it is worth." Michael Turner, Jrnl of Eco Hist

"...an essential reference book, and source guide, for a wide variety of researchers of the era." American Historical Review

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Product Details

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
1 An introduction 1
2 Lloyd George, the 1909 Budget and the land campaigns 9
3 The national structure of the valuation process 38
4 The survey procedures and documents 54
5 The 1910 documents and archival policies 90
6 Projects and problems 109
7 Urban social area analysis 1909-1914 153
8 Rural society and economy 1909-1914 187
9 Rural industrial communities on the eve of the Great War 223
10 Contrasts and comparisons 252
11 The survey in Ireland 283
12 The survey in Scotland 310
13 Conclusion: a discourse of state power 1909-1914 333
Appendices 343
Bibliography 357
Index 371
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