This five-volume edition brings together a large selection of rare documents, together with extensive new editorial matter.
Click on the image - from George Mitchell, The Skeleton at the Plough (1874), one of the texts featured in the collection - or here to read more about The English Rural Poor.
'These volumes deserve to reach as wide an audience as possible' - Agricultural History Review
'This set ... will be a most valuable library acquisition for many academic libraries ... the editor and publisher are to be highly congratulated' - Rural History
'a "must read" for any historian of social structure, poverty, welfare or rural England', and adds that 'Freeman is to be commended for
provid[ing] us with a vibrant portrayal of the Victorian and Edwardian crisis of rural England' - Economic History Review
ISBN 1 85196 822 9.
2144pp. December 2005.
'The range of material, as selected temporally and geographically, is impressive... that Freeman manages to combine several "classics" of the genre with some hitherto not widely known texts is further testament to his growing reputation as the foremost scholar of rural social investigation in the period...[a] splendid resource' - Journal of Historical Geography