Perhaps you want something online, but I can recommend books by Pamela
Horn, which are very readable but also well researched (she's a history
Life and labour in rural England 1760-1850 / Pamela Horn
The rural world 1780-1850 : social change in the English countryside /
These are written primarily from a social history point of view but the
historical background is also covered.
> I am interested in ascertaining the reasons for such variations in the
> fortunes and am virually certain in the case of the events of 1817 and
> suspect in the case of the 1840s events that fluctuations in the
> economy were responsible.