CROWDS AND POPULAR POLITICS IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

JOHN WALTER
240pp 2007 OUT OF PRINT H630

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Early modern England was marked by profound changes in economy, society, politics and religion. It is widely believed that the poverty and discontent which these changes often caused resulted in major rebellion and frequent 'riots'. Against this tradition of historical writing that sees early modern projects as at best knife-and-fork politics, and at worst as pre-political, these essays restore an identity to those otherwise labelled as rioters or traitors by tracing them back to the communities from which protests sprang. Walter argues for the inherently political nature of popular riots through a series of studies of acts of collective protest, up to and including the English Revolution.