Rural Englands: Labouring Lives in the Nineteenth-Century (Paperback)
  • Rural Englands: Labouring Lives in the Nineteenth-Century (Paperback)

Rural Englands: Labouring Lives in the Nineteenth-Century (Paperback)

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Published: 08/06/2004
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Rural Englands is the first general history of nineteenth-century English rural workers. Barry Reay provides a fresh perspective on England's rural past, reintroducing those often excluded from more traditional historical approaches, and stressing the diversity of working communities and the dynamism of rural life. Reay challenges stereotypes of country living, arguing that the extent of localization is so compelling that, instead of thinking of a unitary notion of 'rural England', we must think in terms of 'rural Englands'.

Incorporating a wide range of source material, Reay examines and explores both representations and experiences of rural labour, including:
- varieties of settlement and landscape
- types of work carried out by men, women and children
- household survival strategies
- experiences of life and death
- leisure patterns
- repertoires of protest
- visual imagery
- literary representations.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780333669198
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm

'This is an encompassing and impressive survey of "rural England". On everything that he deals with, Barry Reay is professionally well-informed and his touch and erudition are highly reliable.' - Keith Snell, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester '[Barry Reay] is especially good at demonstrating the fecund imagination of the rural commons, apparent in its remarkable musical tradition (often crude and lewd), bizarre pastimes and elaborate sporting pursuits.' - BBC History Magazine 'This valuable book stimulates research, and underlines the potential for further local and regional enquiry.' - Dick Hunter, Family& Community History

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