Social Disorder in Britain 1750-1850: The Power of the Gentry, Radicalism and Religion in Wales

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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries revolutionary dissent, political upheaval and social protest spread throughout Europe -- and Wales was no exception. In this unique examination of British social history, J.E. Thomas focuses upon the power of the local gentry in Wales, and their relationship with the poor and potentially revolutionary population. Early explosions of protest were seen all over Wales, coinciding with the aftermath of the American Revolution, and the equally seismic events of the French ...

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Overview

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries revolutionary dissent, political upheaval and social protest spread throughout Europe -- and Wales was no exception. In this unique examination of British social history, J.E. Thomas focuses upon the power of the local gentry in Wales, and their relationship with the poor and potentially revolutionary population. Early explosions of protest were seen all over Wales, coinciding with the aftermath of the American Revolution, and the equally seismic events of the French Revolution, while later revolts went on to provide serious challenges to the British state. Social Disorder in Britain is an important contribution to the study of the history of religion, social protest and the rise of revolutionary movements, and will be essential reading for students and researchers of British history as well as those interested in revolution more generally.

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J.E. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham, having previously held the positions of Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as several books, including The House of Care: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1500-1800 (1988) and Britain's Last Invasion: Fishguard 1797 (2007).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Welsh Squirearchy
• The Peasantry of Wales
• The Explosion of Protest
• An Intellectual Basis of Protest?
• The Machinery of Control
• Towards a Theocratic Wales
• Epilogue
• Notes and references
• Bibliography
• Index

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