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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland$
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Adrian Randall and Andrew Charlesworth

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237006

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317422

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The Cider Tax, Popular Symbolism and Opposition in Mid-Hanoverian England

The Cider Tax, Popular Symbolism and Opposition in Mid-Hanoverian England

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(p.69) Chapter 4 The Cider Tax, Popular Symbolism and Opposition in Mid-Hanoverian England
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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
Author(s):
David Walsh, Adrian Randall, Richard Sheldon, Andrew Charlesworth
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317422.005

This chapter examines popular opposition and symbolism related to the implementation of the cider tax in mid-Hanoverian England. It explains that a 1763 Act gave sweeping powers to the collectors of the excise and generated a concerted and powerful opposition which touched all classes and severely threatened the stability of administration of the Earl of Bute. The analysis indicates that the common people of Hanoverian England possessed a vibrant and easily drawn-upon culture of opposition which was effectively and meaningfully expressed through symbolic display.

Keywords:   cider tax, popular opposition, symbolism, mid-Hanoverian England, Earl of Bute, common people, culture of opposition

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