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The Wild and the Sown : Botany and Agriculture in Western Europe, 1350-1850 - Mauro Ambrosoli

The Wild and the Sown

Botany and Agriculture in Western Europe, 1350-1850

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Published: 28th January 1997
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This book describes the spread of new agricultural practice in the half millennium after 1350, and reconstructs a neglected part of Europe's agricultural past: the introduction of fodder crops, and the continuous reorganisation of traditional botanical inputs within a new system of farming. New agricultural systems, based on convertible husbandry, clovers, turnips and roots, were introduced to some areas of Europe from the 1750s, and gave new impetus to productivity. However this so-called 'agricultural revolution' had demanded a learning process in which recourse to ancient and medieval botany helped farmers and scholars to overcome a situation of stalemate in early modern technology. The book breaks entirely new ground by showing the distant historical origins of a major transformation in land potential and farm productivity. A vast range of evidence is cited from Italy, France, England and elsewhere to provide a history of the 'agricultural revolution' in Europe.

"...a most original work of scholarship." Eric Jones, American Historical Review

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Translations and classification of the natural environment from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century
From medieval agronomy to Renaissance agriculture
Lucerne in Italy
Forage crops in France: diffusion and retreat
Tradition and innovation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England
The new crops and English agriculture
From theory to seed production: England and continental Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521465090
ISBN-10: 0521465095
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 28th January 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.79