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Agriculture and Economic Growth in England 1650-1815

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ISBN 9781032470870
April 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1967, this was the first book to discuss why agricultural supply became more ‘responsive’ and to provide broadly based evidence of the ways in which that ‘responsiveness’ may have influenced the growth of the economy. The editor chose 7 essays, reprinted in full, to illustrate altered perspectives of agricultural change. His substantial introduction places the beginnings of a significant rise in farm output as far back as the mid-seventeenth century and concludes that agriculture played a vital but complicated role in the economy of eighteenth-century England.

Table of Contents

1. Obstacles to Progress Lord Ernle 2. Agricultural Progress in Open-field Oxfordshire M. A. Havinden 3. Agriculture and the Brewing and Distilling Industries in the Eighteenth Century Peter Mathias 4. Enclosure and Labour Supply in the Industrial Revolution J. D. Chambers 5. The Cost of Parliamentary Enclosure in Warwickshire J. M. Martin 6. Agriculture and Economic Growth in England 1660-1750: Agricultural Change E. L. Jones 7. Agricultural Productivity and Economic Growth in England 1700-1760 A. H. John.

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Eric L. Jones is Professor Emeritus of Economics at La Trobe University, Australia.


‘Dr. Jones…has provided his readers with an admirably lucid, scholarly introduction which is a model of its kind.’ W. A. Cole, The Economic Journal, Vol 78, Issue 310.

‘It is useful to have these papers reprinted…Dr. Jones’ introduction is a valuable summary of the considerable technical improvements of the seventeenth century…’ E. H. Whetham, The Agricultural History Review, Vol 17, No. 2.