Behind the plough: agrarian society in nineteenth-century Hertfordshire

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University of Hertfordshire Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 193 pages
Agricultural developments in 19th-century Hertfordshire and their rippling effects are researched, documented, and discussed in this compelling regional history. Radical changes in the agricultural economy led to rapid social reorganization; mechanization switched the labor of farming from groups of toiling male, female, and child workers to threshing machines and reaper-binders. Changes in land enclosure, the prevailing social hierarchy, village life, and the lack of trade unions amongst farm laborers that were necessitated by such dramatic changes in agriculture are thoroughly explored.

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Nigel Agar has taught history in Hertfordshire since 1963. He is a member of the Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, warden of two Hertfordshire nature reserves, and a member of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. He has contributed to Hertfordshire in History and is the author of The Bedfordshire Farm Worker in the Nineteenth Century.

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