Captain Swing

Captain Swing


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Captain Swing by Eric Hobsbawm, George Rude

The classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1839 by two of the greatest historians of our age.

In our increasingly mechanized age, the Swing revolts are a timely record of the relationship between technological advance, labour and poverty.With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, capitalism swept from the cities into the countryside, and tensions mounted between agricultural workers and employers. 

From 1830 on, a series of revolts, known as the ‘Swing’ shook England to its core. Landowners wanting to make their land more profitable started to use machinery to harvest crops, causing widespread misery among rural communities. Captain Swing reveals the background to that upheaval, from its rise to its fall, and shines a light on the people who tried to change the world and save their livelihoods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781681800
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge. He is the author of numerous classic works of history. He died in October 2012.

George Rudé was a distinguished Marxist historian and renowned expert on eighteenth-century history. He died in 1993.

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