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The Transformation of Rural England : Landscape and the Agricultural Revolution (Hardcover)

Author: Williamson, Tom

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This is the first book to study in detail the making of the rural English landscape in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For decades historians have debated the nature, timing and even the existence of the 'agricultural revolution'. This book approaches the debate from a new direction: that of landscape archaeology.

It argues that the agrarian changes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries can only be understood in terms of fundamental patterns of landscape and landuse change, and that there was not one 'revolution' but many. The enclosure of open fields and the reclamation of heath and downland -- spearheaded by aristocratic improvers and large capitalist farmers -- mesmerised contemporaries, but most enclosures had little to do with the improvement of arable farming and large landowners played a minor role. The really revolutionary changes took place elsewhere, in parts of England which were not characterised by large estates, and were the work of tenant farmers rather than landowners.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780859896276
SKU 202738121
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0859896277
Release Date 6/11/2013
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