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The State and Social Change in Early Modern England, 1550–1640


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Steve Hindle
    Pages 37-65
  3. Steve Hindle
    Pages 66-93
  4. Steve Hindle
    Pages 94-115
  5. Steve Hindle
    Pages 116-145
  6. Steve Hindle
    Pages 146-175
  7. Steve Hindle
    Pages 176-203
  8. Steve Hindle
    Pages 204-230
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-338

About this book


This is a study of the social and cultural implications of the growth of governance in England in the century after 1550. It is principally concerned with the role played by the middling sort in social and political regulation, especially through the use of the law. It discusses the evolution of public policy in the context of contemporary understandings, of economic change; and analyses litigation, arbitration, social welfare, criminal justice, moral regulation and parochial analyses administration as manifestations of the increasing role of the state in early modern England.


England law reform reformation social change social policy society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

About the authors

STEVE HINDLE was educated in Cambridge and Minneapolis. He was research fellow in history at Girton College, Cambridge 1991-93 and is currently Warwick Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Warwick. He won the John Nicholls prize in local history awarded by the University of Leicester in 1995 and the Alexander Prize awarded by the Royal Historical Society in 1997.

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