Farmers, Landlords and Landscapes: Rural Britain, 1720 to 1870

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Windgather Press, Apr 1, 2004 - History - 181 pages
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Between 1720 and 1850, the British countryside went through a revolution. Agricultural productivity rose exponentially to meet the demands of a growing, urbanized and industrialized population. In all of this farmers were key players. Moving away from economic analysis, and focusing instead on rural society, Susanna Wade Martins tells their story. She also explores how new farming landscapes were the outcome of a crucial relationship: between the landlord and the tenant farmer. Drawing on the rich details of contemporary accounts from Caithness to East Anglia, this book tells the human and environmental story of the Age of Improvement. It is a book for all those interested in both landscape history and in the social history of Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Susanna Wade Martins is a research fellow at the Centre of East Anglian Studies, Univ. of East Anglia.

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