'Rude, rough and lawless' was one view of the women and children employed on the land in Victorian England. But was theirs a harsher fate than work in the factory system?
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L.E. Harris shows how, by draining the Fens, Charles I hoped to replenish his Exchequer; but that the Dutch engineers he employed began a work that still continues.
In an age of opportunity, G.E. Fussell describes how the Elizabethan farmer lived under pioneer conditions.
The problem of writing local history, R.H. Hilton suggests, can seldom be solved on the basis of parishes or even of counties; regions with a distinctive character and economy, such as the Cotswolds, are the natural units for the local historian’s attention.
Erica Fudge and Richard Thomas explore relationships between people and domestic animals in early modern England and how new types of archaeological evidence are shedding fresh light on one of the most important aspects of life in this period.
G. Goossens recalls the Assyrian monarchs, noted for their ferocity, great libraries, and achievements in agriculture and engineering.
Roger Hudson on the circumstances behind an eviction in County Clare, Ireland, photographed in July 1888.
John Etty examines how far history has been moulded by enviroment,
Kevin Haddick Flynn looks back at the life and times of radical Michael Davitt as Ireland remembers the centenary of his death on May 31st.
Carol Davis visits a church in Liverpool that has tragic links with the Irish Famine. The opening of a new study centre there will assist those trying to trace ancestors affected by the disaster.
Harold Perkin discusses the role of the extraction and distribution of surplus production in historical change, from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century.
Paul Brassley puts MAFF's policy towards Foot and Mouth Disease into historical perspective.
Clare Griffiths reflects on the last time a Labour government faced angry farmers fighting for their livelihood.
Denise Silvester-Carr introduces the new Famine Museum at Strokestown, County Roscommon.
Richard Cavendish finds plenty to chew the cud on, courtesy of the BAHS
The 150 years of Royal Shows in Britain cast useful light on the changing relationship between man and the countryside and the love-hate relationship of farming and technology, argues Nicholas Goddard.
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