Property Rights in Pheasants: Landlords, Farmers and the Game Laws, 1860–80

  title={Property Rights in Pheasants: Landlords, Farmers and the Game Laws, 1860–80},
  author={John Robert Fisher},
  journal={Rural History},
  pages={165 - 180}
  • J. Fisher
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • History, Economics
  • Rural History
The deference shown by English tenant farmers to their landlords was the despair of English radicals in the nineteenth century. This was especially the case for Cobden and Bright, the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League. As firm believers in Ricardo's theory of rent, according to which only landowners gained from the Corn Laws, they felt that tenant-farmers should have been the natural allies of the League. Unfortunately, they proved unable to convince farmers of this logic. Their attempts to… 

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