Agricultural Revolution in England: The Transformation of the Agrarian Economy, 1500-1850 / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is the first available survey of English agriculture between 1500 and 1850. Written specifically for students, it combines new material with an analysis of the existing literature. It describes farming in the sixteenth century, analyzes the reasons for improvements in agricultural output and productivity, and examines changes in the agrarian economy and society. Professor Overton argues that the impact of these related changes in productivity and social and economic structure in the century after 1750 amount to an agricultural revolution.

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"Overton's book is a model synthesis of current scholarship, superseding all previous work....Overton lays out traditional arguments and their shortcommings, then presents a clear set of criteria for an agricultural revolution....Charts, tables and maps are usually clear and helpful, the guide to further reading is wonderfully annotated, and there is a very complete bibliography. This book is clearly the starting point for all study of the subject." J.J. Butt, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521568593
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series , #23
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; A note on weights, measures, money and boundaries; 1. The agricultural revolution; 2. Farming in the sixteenth century; 3. Agricultural output and productivity, 1500-1850; 4. Institutional changes, 1500-1850; 5. The agricultural revolution reconsidered; Guide to further reading; Bibliography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2000

    A truly excellent book

    Mark Overton's book is an excellent overview of the Agricultural Revolution in England for both beginners and experts alike. It is packed with useful information, and will remain a handy reference for anyone doing work in the field. Overton's refutation of the Kerridge school is well founded and leads to a significant reinterpretation of the period. An indispensible work in the field. Highly recommended.

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