Introduction; 1. The question of value; Part I. Survival: 2. Who had common right? 3. Threats before enclosure; 4. Ordering the commons; 5. Enforcing the orders; 6.The uses of waste; Part II. Decline: 7. Two villages; 8. Decline and disappearance; 9. Resisting enclosure; Part III. Conclusion: 10. 'Making freeman of the slave'; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
One of the most important and original contributions to English rural history to be published in recent times.
'Commoners ... will transform the understanding of [eighteenth-century] agrarian and social history.' E. P. Thompson, Customs in Common 'Little can be said in criticism of this wonderful book... Commoners is a major contribution to an emerging view.' Jane Humphries, Journal of Economic History