Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Governing Rural England – Tradition and Transformation in Local Government 1780-1840 - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Governing Rural England: Tradition and Transformation in Local Government 1780-1840

David Eastwood


This book provides a new perspective on the process of state formation in modern England. It begins by identifying the complex ideological, cultural, and institutional influences that shaped the political provincialism of later Hanoverian England. In contrast to traditional accounts, which emphasized the ineffective, even oligarchic, character of the administration of rural England, this book demonstrates its effectiveness and capacity to adapt, and uncovers the complex interplay between central and local institutions that lay at the heart of the late Hanoverian polity. By examining key areas ... More

Keywords: state formation, political provincialism, Hanoverian England, poor law administration, police, crime, punishment, public administration, local government, rural England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Eastwood, author
University of Wales, Swansea