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8th European Social Science History Conference Ghent, Belgium April 2010
 
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Tuesday 13 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Wednesday 14 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Thursday 15 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30
Friday 16 April
   8.30
   10.45
   14.15
   16.30

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Methodological Approaches to Writing the Social History of Elite Peasants: England in the 16th and 17th Centuries
This paper seeks to do two things. One, it seeks to enlarge our conventional definitions of social elite to include those members of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century English rule society who were below the level of the gentry, but nonetheless operated as their communitiesí leading members. Two, it demonstrates how family reconstitution, a methodological preserve of historic demographers, in conjunction with parish reconstitution, can not only identify members of this small and typically hidden group of rural villagers, but can also place them into their family and political networks in such a manner as to allow for the partial reconstruction of their social life and world.