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Decision-making in medieval agriculture /
David Stone.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
description
xvii, 303 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0199247765 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
isbn
0199247765 (alk. paper)
general note
Revised and expanded version of author's Ph. D. thesis.
catalogue key
5606675
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A model of how to make professional economic history accessible to the non specialist
a story rich in detail and well worth the telling and offers many rewarding insights
compulsory reading for all students of the medieval English economy
consistently fascinating findings
Consistently thought provoking...the most advanced attempt yet to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers from account rolls. the consistently fascinating findings demonstrate a greater responsiveness to the market on the part of medieval estate managers than economic historians have hitherto comprehended.
'Consistently thought provoking...the most advanced attempt yet to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers from account rolls. the consistently fascinating findings demonstrate a greater responsiveness to the market on the part of medieval estate managers than economic historians have hitherto comprehended.'Christopher Thornton, Cambridge University Press, Rural History, Volume 17/2
David Stone is a pioneer
deserves a place at the centre of historical debate
innovative and immensely important
will be read widely by students as well as by specialists
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Summaries
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David Stone uses contemporary sources to reconstruct the world of the medieval farmer, and argues against the traditional interpretation of the Middle Ages as economically backward.
Long Description
This fascinating and important book uses a wealth of contemporary sources to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers and, by doing so, argues that these key figures in the Middle Ages have been unfairly stereotyped. David Stone overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen as economically backward and instead reveals that agricultural decision-making was as rational in the fouteenth century as in modern times. Investigating agricultural mentalitiesfirst at a local level and then for England as a whole, Dr Stone argues that human action shaped the course of the rural economy to a much greater extent than has hitherto been appreciated, and challenges the commonly held view that the medieval period was dominated by ecological and economic crises.Focusing in particular on responses to commercial forces and the adoption of agricultural technology, this book has significant implications for our understanding of agricultural development throughout the last thousand years.
Main Description
This fascinating and important book uses a wealth of contemporary sources to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers and, by doing so, argues that there has been a stereotypical interpretation of the middle ages. David Stone overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen aseconomically backward and instead reveals that agricultural decision-making was as rational in the fouteenth century as in modern times. Investigating agricultural mentalities first at a local level and then for England as a whole, Dr Stone argues that human action shaped the course of the ruraleconomy to a much greater extent than has hitherto been appreciated, and challenges the commonly held view that the medieval period was dominated by ecological and economic crises. Focusing in particular on responses to commercial forces and the adoption of agricultural technology, this book hassignificant implications for our understanding of agricultural development throughout the last thousand years.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Interpreting medieval agriculturep. 3
The Bishop of Ely and his manor of Wisbechp. 22
The management of resources at Wisbech Barton
From agrarian crisis to the black deathp. 45
The 'Indian summer' for demesne farmingp. 81
Responding to pressure at the turn of the fifteenth centuryp. 121
The last phase of direct cultivationp. 156
Farm management in medieval England
Standards of demesne farm management in Englandp. 189
The use of agricultural techniques in medieval Englandp. 231
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