[23-May-2010] • Forthcoming title announcement

Malcolm Chase – The People’s Farm, English Radical Agrarianism 1775-1840

This book traces the development of agrarian ideas from the 1770s through to Chartism, and seeks to explain why, in an era of industrialization and urban growth, land remained one of the major issues in popular politics. Malcolm Chase considers the relationship between ‘land consciousness’ and early socialism; attempts to create alternative communities; and contemporary perceptions of nature and the environment. The People’s Farm also provides the most extensive study to date of Thomas Spence, and his followers the Spenceans.