Agriculture and politics in England, 1815-1939 by J. R. Wordie

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This booklet lines the decline of landed energy in England among 1815 and 1939, essentially in political, but additionally in fiscal and social phrases. The essays, by means of prime authors within the box, learn diversified points of the decline of landed strength. New gentle is shed at the Corn legislation, the allotment circulation, and the connection among the landed sessions and the nation within the prior 20th century, all elements of this dramatic and important saga.

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One of these, however, turns out to be the autobiography of none other than Archibald Prentice (1792–1857), the celebrated journalist, anti-Corn Law campaigner, and historian of the movement, whose ‘working class’ credentials are highly questionable. ’27 The other autobiography referred to by Matthews is that of John Buckley, published under the title of A Village Politician in 1897. Buckley certainly was a member of the working class, at least in his early years, but in 1839 he was only 19 years of age, had never campaigned against the Corn Laws before that date, and clearly knew almost nothing about them.

The Corn Laws were bringing into play their most cruel and evil results. ’30 Shaw then goes on to describe the evils of child labour, and has nothing more to say about the Corn Laws. The passage is interesting, not only for the extreme brevity of the reference to the Corn Laws, but also because of the year in which it was written, 1903, the very year in which Joseph Chamberlain made his celebrated Birmingham speech, in which he advocated a return to some form of agricultural protectionism. The passage above provides no evidence at all that Shaw had given any kind of consideration whatsoever to the Corn Laws in the year 1837, although he thought fit to mention them in 1903.

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