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The rural economy of England : collected essays /
Joan Thirsk.
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London : Hambledon Press, 1984.
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xiv, 420 p. : maps. --
ISBN
0907628281 :
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London : Hambledon Press, 1984.
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0907628281 :
catalogue key
67479
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-09:
This splendid collection of essays is a valuable sampling of the work of one of the greatest 20th-century students of rural and agricultural history. Written over a period of 30 years, the essays address the problems of sources and the fascinating task of asking questions about rural England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They include subjects such as the origins and nature of the common field system, Tudor enclosures, the fate of Royalist lands during the Commonwealth and Restoration, primogeniture and the dilemma of younger sons, the creativity of the pastoral economy, and new crops such as tobacco. The themes that run through these essays are important ones: the capacity of local communities to adapt to change, the remarkable diversity of the English countryside, and the importance of pastoral farming as a center of innovation. The essays are written with energy and clarity and the work is strongly recommended to undergraduate and graduate libraries, and all readers interested in rural history.-C.W. Wood Jr., Western Carolina University
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No one has done more to emphasise the significance of the land in early modern England that Joan Thirsk, whose writings are both an important contribution to its history and point the way for future research. The subjects of this collection include the origin and nature of the common fields, Tudor enclosures, the Commonwealth confiscation of Royalist land and its subsequent return after the Restoration, inheritance customs, and the role of industries in the rural economy, among them stocking knitting.

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