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The Rebecca Riots

The Rebecca Riots, an uprising of oppressed peasantry against the burden of tollgates in west Wales, began in the summer of 1839. After only a few months, they ceased as suddenly as they had started and for three-and-a-half years, the countryside was undisturbed. Then, in the winter of 1842, rioting broke out again—with greater violence. This study explores the deep-seated roots of these uprisings.

“It is safe to say that Professor Williams’s excellently written and dispassionate account of the riots and their background is likely to remain the final word on the subject.”—Times Literary Supplement

377 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1978

History: European History

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The Rebecca Riots by David Williams is an unassuming book, but its significance is universal. The book and its author determined my life; they made me want to be a historian of Wales and of the world.”

Kenneth O. Morgan, The Queen’s College, Oxford

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps

I. The Gentry of West Wales
II. Local Government and Administration
III. The Economic Background
IV. Social Conditions
V. The Growth of Opinion
VI. The Roads of West Wales
VII. The Outbreak of Rioting
VIII. Midsummer Madness
IX. Smouldering Embers
X. Rebecca Triumphans

Bibliographical Note
Notes on the Text

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