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  • 250 tables
  • Page extent: 2336 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 3.41 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521662147 | ISBN-10: 0521662141)

  • Published January 2001

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This is a comprehensive history of rural economy and society in England and Wales during the period between the start of free trade and the First World War. The central theme is the interreaction between town and countryside and the wider economy in the new industrial state. It takes a fresh look at the course of agricultural change in the Golden Age and Great Depression, and at parallel developments in rural society and community, concluding with a broad view of the urban impact on the countryside and rural environmental change.


Introduction E. J. T. Collins; Part I. Agriculture in the Industrial State: 1. Food supplies and food policy E. J. T. Collins; 2. Rural and agricultural change E. J. T. Collins; 3. Agricultural output, income and productivity M. E. Turner; 4. Rural and agricultural politics John R. Fisher; Part II. Agriculture: 5. Farming regions edited by Paul Brassley and G. E. Mingay; 5A. Introduction B. A. Holderness; 5B. The south and the south-east B. A. Holderness and G. E. Mingay; 5C. East Anglia and the fenlands B. A. Holderness; 5D. The midlands John R. Walton; 5E. The northern region Christine Hallas; 5F. The south-west Sarah Wilmot; 5G. Wales R. J. Moore-Colyer; 6. Farming systems edited by Paul Brassley; 6A. Introduction Paul Brassley; 6B. Arable systems Paul Brassley; 6C. Pastoral farming systems Paul Brassley; 6D. Dairying B. A. Holderness; 6E. Specialised cropping systems B. A. Holderness; 6F. Intensive livestock keeping B. A. Holderness; 7. Farming techniques edited by Paul Brassley; 7A. Introduction Paul Brassley; 7B. Farm buildings R. D. Brigden; 7C. Equipment and motive power R. D. Brigden; 7D. Land drainage Paul Brassley; 7E. Crop varieties Paul Brassley; 7F. Plant nutrition Paul Brassley; 7G. Weed and pest control Paul Brassley; 7H. Livestock breeds Paul Brassley; 7I. Animal nutrition Paul Brassley; 7J. Animal health and veterinary medicine Paul Brassley; 8. Agricultural science and education Paul Brassley; 9. Agricultural institutions Nicholas Goddard; Part III. Land, Labour, Capital, Taxation: 10. Agricultural ownership and estate management J. V. Beckett; 11. The farmer G. E. Mingay; 12. Farm labour Peter Dewey; 13. Investment, accumulation and agricultural credit B. A. Holderness; 14. Taxation G. E. Mingay; Part IV. Trade, Commerce and Industry edited by John Chartres and Richard Perren; 15. The marketing of agricultural products Richard Perren; 16. Agricultural servicing trades: Agricultural engineering David Grace; Agricultural chemical and fertiliser industries F. M. L. Thompson; Veterinary products Richard Perren; Animal feeding stuffs Richard Perren; 17. Food processing industries: Milling Richard Perren; Malting Jonathan Brown; Food manufacturing Richard Perren; 18. Rural industry and malting John Chartres; 19. The retail trades and agricultural services John Chartres; 20. Conclusion John Chartres and Richard Perren; Part V. Rural Society and Community edited by Alun Howkins: 21. Rural demography Brian Short; 22. Types of rural communities Alun Howkins; 23. Social, cultural and domestic life Alun Howkins; 24. The local state Anne Digby; 25. Overview Alun Howkins; Part VI. The Urban Impact on the Countryside Gordon Cherry and John Sheail: 26. Introduction; 27. Town and country: an overview; 28. The dynamics of change; 29. Expert guidance to the countryside; 30. Woodlands; 31. The lowlands; 32. The uplands; 33. Coasts and rivers; 34. Summary and reflections; Part VII. The Statistical Base of Agricultural Performance in England and Wales Bethanie Afton and Michael Turner: 35. Basic statistical data; 36. The size of agricultural holdings; 37. Agricultural output; 38. Rent and land values; 39. The agrarian population; 40. Agrarian occupations; 40. Wages; 42. Capital; 43. Prices; 44. The impact of foreign trade; 45. Conclusion E. J. T. Collins.

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2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner


" immensely informational reference work... Its statistical appendixes, many maps, and select bibliography will render it a valuable research aid." Journal of Modern History

"Helpful and authoritative commentary on sorces enhances the extensive statistical base complied by Bethanie Afton and Michael Turner...the definitive coverage offered by this volume will be of great value not only to specialists, who will find it indispensable, but also to a wide and diverse readership. Recommended for general readers and upper-division undergraduate through professional audience." CHOICE Jan 2002

"The book is an excellent reference, comprehensive and well-written. It is more like an encyclopedia than a monograph." EH.NET


E. J. T. Collins, M. E. Turner, John R. Fisher, Paul Brassley, G. E. Mingay, B. A. Holderness, John R. Walton, Christine Hallas, Sarah Wilmot, R. J. Moore-Colyer, R. D. Brigden, Nicholas Goddard, J. V. Beckett, Peter Dewey, John Chartres, Richard Perren, David Grace, F. M. L. Thompson, Jonathan Brown, Alun Howkins, Brian Short, Anne Digby, Gordon Cherry, John Sheail, Bethanie Afton, Michael Turner

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