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The Development of Agrarian Capitalism : Land and Labour in Norfolk 1440-1580 - Jane Whittle

The Development of Agrarian Capitalism

Land and Labour in Norfolk 1440-1580

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9780198208426
Number Of Pages: 376

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This is an important new scholarly study of the roots of capitalism. Jane Whittle's penetrating examination of rural England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries asks how capitalist it was, and how and why it changed over the century and a half under scrutiny. Her book intelligently relates ideas of peasant society and capitalism to a local study of north-east Norfolk, a county that was to become one of the crucibles of the so-called agrarian revolution. Dr Whittle uses the rich variety of historical sources produced by this precocious commercialized locality to examine a wide range of topics from the manorial system and serfdom, rights to land and the level of rent, the land market and inheritance, to the distribution of land and wealth, the numbers of landless, wage-earners, and rural craftsmen, servants, and the labour laws.

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`Particularly welcome is Whittle's refusal to accept the traditional gap between medieval and early modern scholarship and her ability to trace developments across the 1500 boundary that so often divides academics' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2 `A model of logical structure and clarity of argument' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2 `Jane Whittle's excellent monograph manages to combine a detailed knowledge of local society and a mastery of a range of difficult primary sources with an awareness of wider theoretical issues and historiographical debates about the transition to capitalism' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2 `Whittle maintains a commendable hold on both her arguments and the evidence which she elucidates. There are separate thematic introductions, interim summaries, and straightforward conclusions to each section. The unsophisticated reader (and reviewer) is seldom lost and the book in fact provides and excellent guide, not merely to its own theme but to the ways in which real research can be done on the big questions.' Philip Morgan, H-Albion

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
The Development of Agrarian Capitalism: Theory and Historyp. 5
The Manorial System and Its Legacyp. 28
The Land Market and Inheritance Strategiesp. 85
Social Differentiationp. 178
Servants, Labourers, and Rural Craftsmenp. 225
Conclusionp. 305
By-Lay Presentments Recorded in Hevingham Bishops' Court Rolls 1483-1558p. 317
A Summary of the 50 Reconstructed Inheritance Strategies (RIS)p. 322
Manuscript Sourcesp. 333
Bibliographyp. 338
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780198208426
ISBN-10: 0198208421
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55

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