The Roots of Rural Capitalism: Western Massachusetts, 1780-1860 / Edition 1

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Overview

'Christopher Clark's book is the latest and fullest entry into the debate about the mentalite of farmers in the preindustrial United States and the social meanings of the 'great transformation' in the countryside. Focusing on the Connecticut River valley in western Massachusetts between the American Revolution and the Civil War, The Roots Of Rural Capitalism is an important and multifaceted study that advances this debate to new levels of nuance and sophistication.' -Hal S. Barron, Journal of American History.
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"Christopher Clark's book is the latest and fullest entry into the debate about the mentalité of farmers in the preindustrial United States and the social meanings of the 'great transformation' in the countryside. Focusing on the Connecticut River valley in western Massachusetts between the American Revolution and the Civil War, The Roots of Rural Capitalism is an important and multifaceted study that advances this debate to new levels of nuance and sophistication."—Journal of American History

"A major contribution. Clark has made a signal addition to our understanding of the emergence of capitalism in the countryside in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. He has a keen sense of the theoretical significance of the current debate and has shaped his research to contribute to ongoing arguments. He makes a strong case for the emergence of a qualitatively different kind of rural economy in the years between 1780 and 1860 and has set a standard that future scholars will be hard-pressed to meet."—William and Mary Quarterly

"Moving deftly from the concrete to the abstract, interweaving his evidence and analysis with great subtlety, Clark manages to convey, in persuasive, palpable terms, the gradual but inexorable transformation of an entire social order."—Robert A. Gross

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801496936
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 819,485
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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