Ecology, Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Germany

Ecology, Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Germany

by Paul Warde
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521143330

ISBN-13: 9780521143332

Pub. Date: 06/10/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a study of the agrarian world and growth of government in early modern Germany through the medium of pre-industrial society's most basic material resource, wood. Paul Warde offers a regional study of southwest Germany from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century, demonstrating the stability of the economy and social structure through periods of…  See more details below

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This is a study of the agrarian world and growth of government in early modern Germany through the medium of pre-industrial society's most basic material resource, wood. Paul Warde offers a regional study of southwest Germany from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century, demonstrating the stability of the economy and social structure through periods of demographic pressure, warfare and epidemic. He casts new light on the nature of 'wood shortages' and societal response to environmental challenge, and shows how institutional responses largely based on preventing local conflict were poor at adapting over time to optimise the management of resources. Warde further argues for the inadequacy of models that oppose the 'market' to a 'natural economy' in understanding economic behaviour. This is a contribution to debates about the sustainability of peasant economy and society in early modern Europe, to our understanding of the growth of the state, and to new ecological approaches to history and historical geography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521143332
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #41
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1The peasant dynamic1
2Power and property99
3The regulative drive161
4From clearance to crisis?224
5The two ecologies280

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