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Duration 54:14

Radicalism and unrest

From the early trade unions of the 18th century, through to the Luddites and Chartists of the 19th century, there was a profound desire to protect or improve living standards. This talk looks at what ordinary people really thought about their world and what types of records we should be exploring to discover how they tried – and sometimes succeeded – in changing their part of it.