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Routledge Library Editions: Rural History


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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the rural history and provide an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine social change in rural communities approaching the industrial revolution, whilst also providing an overview of the history of rural populations in England, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.

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The Land of France 1815-1914

The Land of France 1815-1914

1st Edition

By Hugh D. Clout
January 02, 2019

This book, first published in 1983, attempts to examine the rural change in France between 1815 and 1914 with a sustained and explicit spatial approach. This volume represents a position in which space and time are meshed in an analysis of the forces underlying land-use and other changes that have ...

A Social History of Western Europe, 1450-1720 Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People

A Social History of Western Europe, 1450-1720: Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People

1st Edition

By Sheldon J. Watts
January 07, 2018

This thoroughly readable and stimulating social history of Western Europe, first published in 1984, explores the family, religion and the supernatural, and the social structure and social controls of rural society. This title will be of interest not only to students, but to anyone who is anxious to...

An Atlas of Rural Protest in Britain 1548-1900

An Atlas of Rural Protest in Britain 1548-1900

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Charlesworth
January 07, 2018

The outbreaks and collective violence arising from the tensions existing within society have long been themes in the study of British social history. This book, first published in 1983, attempts to survey the whole range of these rural riots, to compare and contrast them, and to draw general ...

Anthropological Perspectives on Rural Mexico

Anthropological Perspectives on Rural Mexico

1st Edition

By Cynthia Hewitt de Alcántara
January 07, 2018

In this title, first published in 1984, the author examines the social and political forces surrounding the practice of anthropology at different periods in the history of Mexico since 1917. She does this by analysing and tracing the development of competing anthropological perspectives, from ...

English Rural Society, 1200-1350

English Rural Society, 1200-1350

1st Edition

By J. Z. Titow
January 07, 2018

This title, first published in 1969, is concerned with historic documents and their uses, and with a discussion of living standards among the peasants, as it is the author’s belief that any worthwhile discussion is impossible without an understanding of the sources and their limitations. With its ...

Harvesters and Harvesting 1840-1900 A Study of the Rural Proletariat

Harvesters and Harvesting 1840-1900: A Study of the Rural Proletariat

1st Edition

By David Hoseason Morgan
January 07, 2018

During the second half of the nineteenth century the enormous increase in agricultural production, unmatched by technical advance in harvesting, drew vast numbers of rural and migrant workers into the harvest that lasted from June to October. This book, first published in 1982, examines the ...

Peasants and Lords in Modern Germany Recent Studies in Agricultural History

Peasants and Lords in Modern Germany: Recent Studies in Agricultural History

1st Edition

Edited By Robert G. Moeller
January 07, 2018

This collection of essays, first published in 1986, provides an exciting introduction to modern German agrarian history. The essays offer a revised account of the agricultural sector in an industrial Germany, and provide an extensive methodological, conceptual and thematic range. This collection ...

Population Persistence and Migration in Rural New York, 1855-1860

Population Persistence and Migration in Rural New York, 1855-1860

1st Edition

By David Paul Davenport
January 07, 2018

This title, first published in 1989, explores the population change in America during the 1800s by closely examining frontier settlement, urbanisation, and depopulation and emigration from rural areas of the north-eastern United States. Population Persistence and Migration in Rural New York, 1855-...

The Americanization of a Rural Immigrant Church The General Conference Mennonites in Central Kansas, 1874-1939

The Americanization of a Rural Immigrant Church: The General Conference Mennonites in Central Kansas, 1874-1939

1st Edition

By Dennis D. Engbrecht
January 07, 2018

The purpose of this study, first published in 1990, is to investigate the Americanization of an immigrant church in rural North America. The study focuses on General Conference Mennonites who came from Russia and east Europe to settle in central Kansas in 1874. The Americanization of a Rural ...

The Changing English Countryside, 1400-1700

The Changing English Countryside, 1400-1700

1st Edition

By Leonard Cantor
January 07, 2018

The period covered by this book, first published in 1987, was an important one for the rural landscape in England. The author describes and analyses the evolution of the countryside during the years which witnessed the gradual disappearance of the medieval landscape and the introduction of new ...

The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork The Rural Economy and the Land Question

The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork: The Rural Economy and the Land Question

1st Edition

By James S. Donnelly, Jr
January 07, 2018

First published in 1975. Using estate records, local newspapers and parliamentary papers, this book focuses upon two central and interrelated subjects – the rural economy and the land question – from the perspective of Cork, Ireland’s southernmost country. The author examines the chief responses of...

The Modernization of Rural France Communications Networks and Agricultural Market Structures in Nineteenth-Century France

The Modernization of Rural France: Communications Networks and Agricultural Market Structures in Nineteenth-Century France

1st Edition

By Roger Price
January 07, 2018

This book, first published in 1983, is a major contribution to our understanding of how and why French rural peasant society became modernised by radical changes in the communications system – in particular, the coming of the railways. The author argues that complex changes in the transport systems...

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