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A General View of the Rural Economy of England, 1538-1840 : Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time - Ann Kussmaul

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

Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

Paperback Published: 8th November 1993
ISBN: 9780521458313
Number Of Pages: 232

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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. Dr Kussmaul 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. No single historical landscape emerges. Instead A General View of the Rural Economy of England, 1538-1840 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. Dr Kussmaul's study presents a view of early modern English economic history from a unique standpoint.

'The subtlety and ingenuity of Kussmaul's book ... will repay detailed study.' Southern History 'All in all the book providess a fascinating insight to long-term changes in the English countryside prior to the mid-nineteenth century.' Local Population Studies 'We can be sure this book will prompt much lively argument for a long time to come.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Kussmaul makes a genuinely original and important contribution to the economic history of early modern England.' The Times Literary Supplement

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
A birdG++s eye view of the past
G++When shall we marry?G++
Source and method
Agrarian change: the evidence
Regional specialization, causes and consequences
Rural manufacturing, location and labour
Change, consolidation, and population
What the view saw
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521458313
ISBN-10: 0521458315
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 8th November 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33