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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About the author (1996)

Mark Overton is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Exeter. Before moving to Exeter he taught in the Geography Departments of the Universities of Cambridge and Newcastle, and held a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. His research interests are in the agrarian history of England from the middle ages to the present day and in the economy and society in early modern England. He is currently President of the British Agricultural History Society and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society. He was also Vice-Chair of the Training and Skills Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council. His books include Agricultural Revolution in England: The Transformation of the Agrarian Economy 1500 1850 (Cambridge, 1996); Farming to Halves: The Hidden History of Sharefarming in England from Medieval to Modern Times (2008); and Production and Consumption in English Households, 1600 1750 (2004). He also co-edited Land, Labour and Livestock: Historical Studies in European Agricultural Productivity (1991) with Bruce Campbell.

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