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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - FOOD RIOTS -

BOOKS John Bohst­edt’s book The Pol­i­tics of Pro­vi­sions: Food Ri­ots, Moral Econ­omy and Mar­ket Tran­si­tion in Eng­land, c.1550–1850 (2010) is a very use­ful sur­vey and anal­y­sis, while more de­tailed ex­am­ples, if some­times ex­ag­ger­ated are given in Roger Wells’ clas­sic, Wretched Faces: Famine in Wartime Eng­land, 1793–1801 (1988), and it is still al­ways worth go­ing back to EP Thomp­son’s ground­break­ing The Mak­ing of the English Work­ing Class 1963)s(. AR­CHIVES Records of peo­ple on trial for ri­ots can be found in the pa­pers of lo­cal as­sizes and mag­is­trates’ courts for 1795-96 and 1800-1, and 1812, which can be traced through the Ac­cess to Ar­chives data­base, re­cently in­cor­po­rated into The Na­tional Ar­chives’ Dis­cov­ery cat­a­logue at na­tion­alarchives. gov.uk/ a2a. County record of­fices are an in­valu­able re­source for let­ters, mem­oirs and parish records, which oc­ca­sion­ally in­clude de­tailed ac­counts. NEWS­PA­PERS Lo­cal news­pa­pers carry the prices of corn and have graphic re­ports of un­rest of­ten with named in­di­vid­u­als. You can find rel­e­vant ar­ti­cles by search­ing for the term ‘ri­ots’ be­tween 1795-1815 at british­news­pa­per­ar­chive.co.uk or Find­my­past.co.uk. Copies of The Gen­tle­man’s Mag­a­zine can be read for free at hathitrust.org. EPHEMERA In­ter­est­ing satir­i­cal works, broad­sides and moral tracts re­lat­ing to food ri­ots can be found at www.british­mu­seum. org/ re­search/ col­lec­tion_ on­line/ search.aspx.

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