Agricultural Revolution in England: The Transformation of the Agrarian Economy 1500-1850

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 18, 1996 - Business & Economics - 258 pages
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This book is the first available survey of English agriculture between 1500 and 1850. It combines new evidence with recent findings from the specialist literature, to argue that the agricultural revolution took place in the century after 1750. Taking a broad view of agrarian change, the author begins with a description of sixteenth-century farming and an analysis of its regional structure. He then argues that the agricultural revolution consisted of two related transformations. The first was a transformation in output and productivity brought about by a complex set of changes in farming practice. The second was a transformation of the agrarian economy and society, including a series of related developments in marketing, landholding, field systems, property rights, enclosure and social relations. Written specifically for students, this book will be invaluable to anyone studying English economic and social history, or the history of agriculture.
 

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Contents

The agricultural revolution
1
Farming in the sixteenth century
10
Agricultural output and productivity 15001850
63
Institutional change 15001850
133
The agricultural revolution reconsidered
193
Sources for tables
208
Guide to further reading
211
Bibliography
223
Index
250
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