How did Agricultural Depression lead to job insecurity?

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How did Agricultural Depression lead to job insecurity?
OR
What happened to the soldiers who returned to their villages from Napoleonic wars?
Answer:

  • After the Napoleonic wars had ended, thousands of soldiers returned to their villages. They needed alternative jobs to survive.
  • But this was time when grain from Europe began flowing into England, prices declined and
  • an Agricultural Depression set in.
  • Anxious landowners began reducing the area they cultivated and demanded that the imports of crops be stopped.
  • They tried to cut wages and reduce the number of workmen they employed.
  • The unemployed poor tramped from village to village, and those with uncertain jobs lived in fear of a loss of their livelihood.