Antipode Foundation posted David Featherstone’s review of Carl Griffin’s The Rural War (Manchester University Press, 2012). I have benefited enormously from reading both Featherstone and Griffin, and this review provides evidence of why their books and articles are so important for writing historical geographies of protest, social movements, and politics.
In this work Griffin has provided a compelling reappraisal of Swing which is a major contribution to geographies of rural protest. It also offers a vision for a post-Thompsonian way of thinking about the forms of subaltern political activity in English countryside. If questions persist and aspects of the protest remain elusive it is a testament to Swing rioters’ ability to hide their tracks.