Agriculture and Economic Growth in England 1650-1815
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.
‘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.