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Rebecca's Children: A Study of Rural Society, Crime, and Protest
     

Rebecca's Children: A Study of Rural Society, Crime, and Protest

by David J. V. Jones
 

The year 1839 witnessed the first appearance in south-west Wales of Rebecca, the popular but mythical heroine, with her flowing robes and splenid white horse. Marking the anniversary of this colorful episode in modern British social history, this book employs a wealth of new documentary and statistical evidence to describe Rebecca's children—the peasantry of

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The year 1839 witnessed the first appearance in south-west Wales of Rebecca, the popular but mythical heroine, with her flowing robes and splenid white horse. Marking the anniversary of this colorful episode in modern British social history, this book employs a wealth of new documentary and statistical evidence to describe Rebecca's children—the peasantry of Wales—and the hundreds of riots and illegal acts which they ccarried out in her name. Jones also sets the riots in the wider context of a changing rural society, examining the economy, poverty, family life, popular culture, social attitudes, crime, and politics of mid-nineteenth-century Wales.

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"Essential reading not only for Welsh and British social hsitory but also as a model investigation of peasant society in political and economic transition."—Journal of Social History

"The issues discussed often transcend the peculiarities of the Welsh and their experiences, while at the same time the reader will be treated to what must be regarded as the best account of both Rebecca's children and Rebecca herself."—American Historical Review

"Makes a splendid contribution of fresh facts and insights."—The Guardian

"A fascinating volume, beautifully written."—Leslie Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder

"Exceptionally rich in vivid detail and is well written."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198200994
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/08/1990
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.24(d)

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