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[Review] Barry Reay (1996) Microhistories: demography, society and culture in rural England, 1800-1930

By Matthew Cragoe


Barry Reay's Microhistories is a spin-off from his earlier research into the rising of Kentish agricultural labourers in 1838. Focusing on the three parishes which make up the area known as the Blean, he attempts to reconstruct a three-dimensional image of local society from a catholic array of contemporary sources supplemented by the oral testimony of those who grew up in the area during the early twentieth century. The product is advertised as likely to interest `family and oral historians... historical anthropologists, demographers, geographers and sociologists', a list which accurately reflects the medley of influences to be found within a book which contains chapters on fertility, health, social economy, class, families, sexuality and literacy

Topics: DA020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 1999
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