Children's LiteratureThis textbook examines the causes and consequences of the Agricultural Revolution of 1700-1850 which had widespread effects in Europe and North America. Long explores the topic by examining traditional farming methods, the introduction of new crops and technologies, and the transitioning ideas about ownership and property. She dispels the notion that the Agricultural Revolution began in Britain and credits the Netherlands and Belgium with many of the important innovations that were a catalyst for change. A topic which could easily be very dry or dull is a bit more interesting here due to the good use of excerpts from primary texts. Still, this is a challenging read as there is no glossary for some of the tougher terms and Long's analysis is founded on complex ideas such as the relationships between the Agricultural Revolution and feudalism, the rise of the modern era and the Enlightenment. While many students may be less than interested in the development of things such as "convertible husbandry" this comprehensive text is a good one to incorporate in history, social studies and geography units. The book is part of the "World History" series and all illustrations are in black-and-white. 2004, Lucent Books, Ages 9 to 12.
Sarah Rachel Egelman