The first installment of a pioneering trilogy that would include The Town Labourer (1917) and The Skilled Labourer (1919), this 1911 volume established the Hammonds as revisionist historians whose meticulous research and persuasive prose not only illuminated the past but could influence contemporary social debates. Here the authors focused on the effects of enclosure measures on the rural poor.
About the Author
John Lawrence Le Breton Hammond (1872-1949) was a British journalist and historian who wrote on politics and social history. His best-known works include The Rise of Modern Industry (1925; with Barbara Hammond), Britain and the Modern World Order (1932; with Arnold J. Toynbee); and Gladstone and the Irish Nation (1934).
Barbara Hammond (1873-1961), the wife of J. L. Hammond, was an early feminist who co-wrote many of her husband’s books on working-class history, including The Village Labourer (1911), The Town Labourer (1917), The Skilled Labourer (1919), and The Bleak Age (1934).