The Politics of Provisions: Food Riots, Moral Economy, and Market Transition in England, C. 1550-185 (BOK)

John Bohstedt

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Food marketing and consumption were matters of politics as much as economics as England became a market society. In time of dearth, concatenations of riots, repression, and relief created a politics of provisions that matured over England's long eighteenth century. In exploring the dynamics of negotiations over subsistence during industrial revolution and political evolution, this book also sheds light on wars and famines in modern world history. Over three centuries, some eight hundred food riots crackled in waves across England. This study argues that, so far from shaking social equilibrium, they contributed to its resilience. Crowds seized wagons, attacked mills and granaries, and lowered prices in marketplaces or farmyards. Sometimes rioters parleyed with magistrates. More often both acted out a well-rehearsed political minuet: similar negotiations can be traced back to Tudor risings and policies when harvests failed. Occasionally troops killed rioters, or judges condemned them to the gallows, but increasingly riots prompted wealthy citizens to procure relief supplies. Thus 'provision politics' comprises both customary negotiations about hunger, and 'negotiations' of the social vessel through the turbulence of dearth. This pioneering analysis of three centuries of provision politics connects a generation of studies of popular protest spawned by E.P. Thompson's seminal essay on the 'moral economy' with new work on economic history and state formation. It will prove essential reading for anyone with an interest in the social, political and economic transitions of early-modern England.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter John Bohstedt
ISBN 9780754665816
Antall sider 304 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 737 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Consumerism