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The Development of American Agriculture : A Historical Analysis - Willard W. Cochrane

The Development of American Agriculture

A Historical Analysis

Paperback Published: 1st June 1993
ISBN: 9780816622832
Number Of Pages: 520

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In this survey of the history of American agriculture from 1607 to the present, Willard Cochrane provides an analysis of US agricultural development. Cochrane first offers a general history of agriculture in America, then continues with an extensive examination of the structural, political, and economic forces that have shaped American agriculture through the years. Finally, a thought-provoking theoretical model of agricultural development in the United States for the period 1950-90 is provided. In addition to fully updated historical and statistical material, the revised edition of "The Development of American Agriculture" emphasizes the impact of the widened international market on American agriculture and includes a new chapter on the impact of environmental policy on agricultural development. "The Development of American Agriculture" is an indispensable resource for anyone concerned with economic development in general and agricultural economic development in particular.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction and Overviewp. 3
Agricultural Development: A Chronological History
The Colonial Period: 1607-1775p. 13
Breaking Out of the Atlantic Seaboard: 1775-1820p. 37
From Pioneering to Commercialization: 1820-1860p. 57
The Last Frontier: 1860-1897p. 78
Prosperity and Depression: 1897-1933p. 99
The Technological Revolution: 1933-1970p. 122
U.S. Agriculture in a World Market: 1970-1990p. 150
The Forces of Development and Structural Change
Abundant Landp. 173
Farm Mechanization and Technological Advancep. 189
Building Physical Infrastructure: Transport and Other Elementsp. 209
Building Social Infrastructure: Education and Researchp. 235
International Inputsp. 258
Environmental Policyp. 278
The Role of Governmentp. 307
The Forces in Reviewp. 335
Changes in Structure, Organization, and Productivityp. 352
The Watersheds of Developmentp. 371
A Conceptual Model of Agricultural Development: 1950-1990
The Demand and Supply Componentsp. 393
Governmental Intervention, Cannibalism, and the Treadmillp. 417
Using the Model to Understand the 1970s and 1980sp. 437
Some Concluding Thoughtsp. 457
Notesp. 473
Indexp. 487
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ISBN: 9780816622832
ISBN-10: 0816622833
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 1st June 1993
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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