The Yeomanry


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History Today
Vol. 63, no. 8 (August 2013), p. 10-17


Established partly in response to the long-feared french invasion and partly to quell unrest at home, the yeomanry were increasingly used by the authorities to intervene on the side of employers in disputes and riots. The ensuing armed clashes present the clearest example of class warfare in early 19th-century Britaon, says Nick Mansfield