First published in 1980, this book looks at the social structure of 18th and 19th century rural Britain. It is particularly concerned with the relationship of landlord and peasant in the rural village and examines the open-closed model of English rural social structure in great depth. In doing so, it explores the ways in which the estate system influenced urban development and how the peasant system facilitated the industrialisation of many villages.
This book will be of particular interest to students of Victorian and social history, industrialisation and urbanisation.
List of Tables; List of Figures; Preface; 1. Setting the Scene 2. The Estate System 3. The Peasant System 4. The Measurement of Open and Closed 5. The Origins and Basis of Village Differentiation 6. How and Where the Model Worked 7. Rural Scotland 8. Rural Wales 9. Town and Country: Contrast and Comparison 10. Socio-spatial Segregation and the Roles of Urban Landowners 11. The Role of the Village in Industrialisation and Urbanisation 12. Epilogue: Lord and Peasant Today; Index