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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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England in transition

The basic feature of English life during the first half of the nineteenth century was that of change — change from a small, mainly agricultural society to a large, industrial population which lived and worked in towns rather than villages. Population had first begun to grow noticeably in the middle of the eighteenth century, although at the first official census, taken in 1801, England and Wales could still only muster 8,900,000 inhabitants, scarcely more than one-third those of France, with whom we were now in mortal conflict. ...

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