The Politics of the Countryside

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Date / time: 2 December, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London

The Politics of the Countryside

This is a one-day conference addressing political actors and actions in the countryside from medieval to modern times.

Papers will examine disputes over commons in late medieval England; the politics of improvement and anti-improvement in seventeenth-century drainage; the agricultural labourer in the light of nineteenth-century racial politics; and the politics of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. There will also be a roundtable on current approaches to categorizing and understanding the history of rural politics.

Speakers are Maïka de Keyser (Utrecht University), Elly Robson (University of Cambridge), Carl Griffin (University of Sussex), Matthew Kelly (Northumbria University, Briony MacDonagh (University of Hull), Clare Griffiths (Cardiff University) and Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge).

The cost of the conference is £30 (with lunch) or £15 (without lunch). To register and view the full program, go to . For queries please contact Paul Warde at