The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Cobbett, William (1763–1835)

  • N. W. Thompson
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William Cobbett was born, appropriately, at the ‘Jolly Farmer’ in Farnham, Surrey, in 1763. He was by turns soldier, clerk, teacher, journalist and political agitator but whether in his early literary career as an anti-Jacobin pamphleteer or later in his role as combative radical his voice was that of the small farmer threatened by the forces of economic and social change which characterized the early phases of Britain’s industrial revolution.

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