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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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Scarcity and the Civic Tradition: Market Management in Bristol, 1709–18151

Scarcity and the Civic Tradition: Market Management in Bristol, 1709–18151

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(p.91) Chapter 5 Scarcity and the Civic Tradition: Market Management in Bristol, 1709–18151
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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
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Steve Poole
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317422.006

This chapter examines the development of a ‘civic tradition’ of market management in the Bristol region, in which loosely allied corporate, commercial, and middling-class interests acted to promote social harmony. It suggests that it was the unprecedented social violence unleashed by food price disturbances in 1753 which prompted recognition of the need for effective management of the market and law enforcement. The chapter also highlights the importance of pragmatic paternalism and imaginative free trade in helping Bristol survive food scarcity in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   market management, Bristol region, social harmony, civic tradition, social violence, food price disturbances, pragmatic paternalism, free trade, food scarcity

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