The Napoleonic War brought high prices for the arable farmer and full employment to the labourer. With peace came the collapse of farm income; the parish could not meet its financial obligations to the unemployed. Groups of desperate labourers burned ricks and broke threshing machines. Though there was no coalescing of rioting bands there was fear of a general uprising. This book is of interest to those who wish to learn something of a time when the country came close to revolution; a social history of eastern and southern counties that lead to the collapse of the Poor Law. It is written by two foremost historians.