The Agricultural Laborers Standard-Of-Living In Lincolnshire, 1790-1840 - Social Protest And Public-Order

Richardson, T.L (1993) The Agricultural Laborers Standard-Of-Living In Lincolnshire, 1790-1840 - Social Protest And Public-Order. Agricultural History Review, 41 (part 1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0002-1490. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In trying to establish what happened to the standard of living of the rural labouring classes in Lincolnshire two statistical variables, the cost of living and the earnings of adult male labourers, have been constructed to determine the long-run trend of real wages. The analysis shows that the cost of living was the dynamic variable in the real wage equation and that in the short-run, as during the French wars, volatile price movements had a devastating effect upon the purchasing power of wages. The level of employment and incomes after I815, though varying between upland and clayland areas, was a potent cause of distress and class conflict. In analysing the shift in emphasis from overt to covert expressions of anger, attention is paid to the collective response of the county's ruling order to the threat from below and the mechanisms of control that were used to restore law and order.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: E.C. Henry-Duru
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 16:44
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2009 16:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20621 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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