A General View of the Rural Economy of England, 1538-1840

A General View of the Rural Economy of England, 1538-1840

by Ann Kussmaul

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Overview

In rural England prior to the Industrial Revolution, people generally married when they were not busy with work. Parish registers of marriage therefore form an important and innovative source for the study of economic change in this period. This study employs marriage dates to identify three main patterns of work and risk--arable, pastoral, and rural industrial--and more importantly to show the long term changes in economic activities across 542 English parishes from the beginning of national marriage registration in 1538. The author maps the changes in economic orientation from arable through regional specialization to rural industrialization, and explores how these changes had implications for the extent of population growth in the early modern period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521306348
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/29/1990
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in past Time Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. A bird's eye view of the past; 2. 'When shall we marry?'; 3. Source and method; 4. Agrarian change: the evidence; 5. Regional specialization, causes and consequences; 6. Rural manufacturing, location and labour; 7. Change, consolidation, and population; 8. What the view saw; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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