The Battle of the Fields
Rural Community and Authority in Britain During the Second World War
Between the 1930s and 1950s, Britain’s self-sufficiency in food was at its lowest ebb; during the Second World War, as U-Boats threatened Atlantic convoys, the situation became critical. This study explores this crisis in food security, focusing on the work of the County War Agricultural Executive Committees.
1956: The World in Revolt
In January 1956, the home of Martin Luther King, the leader of the Montgomery Improvement Association, was bombed; by December, the black citizens’ campaign had ended segregation on the city’s buses. In this survey of 1956, Simon Hall describes how frustration with the post-war order caused ordinary people across the world – in places as far-flung as Algeria, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Cyprus and Cuba – to speak out, take to the streets and sometimes die in the bid for greater freedoms.
Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760–1914
The Courts of Popular Opinion
Examining ‘unofficial justice as visited upon malefactors by the collective actions of private citizens’, Stephen Banks gives a scholarly account of public shaming rituals, or ‘rough music’, and the punishments imposed for crimes such as wife-beating or informing.