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Fri frakt inom Sverige för privatpersoner.This book traces the shift from medieval to modern institutions in English agriculture. It explores their importance for productivity growth, income distribution, and the contribution of agriculture to British economic development.
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`This is an ambitious, impressive, and original book. It asks some very pertinent questions simply and clearly and it answers them concisely using key quantitive and printed primary sources, quantities of historiographical scaffolding, and a tolerable minimum of jargon.'
Albion Summer 1993 Vol 25, No 2
'His forthright conclusion is that the only people who benefited from enclosures were the large landlords. The implications of Allen's scholarship are far-reaching.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
'Very impressive is the author's performance in mining and translating available empirical data to measure these impacts of enclosures in the English Midlands. The study is obviously a desirable acquisition.'
J. Murdock, emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia, Choice, January 1993
'This book is an outstanding and indispensable contribution in which Allen demonstrates his vast knowledge of the sources and the literature. It is rich in stimuli and arguments for discussion related both to methodology and content. It opens new research avenues and fields of study.'
Gabriella Corona, The Journal of European Economic History, Volume 21, Number 2, Fall 1992
'This is a most refreshing and stimulating read. Now the full flower of his research blossoms before us in one volume. In a marvellously succinct opening chapter he introduces the reader to a familiar historiography of ideas ... Allen's book will tread on many toes, but in doing so it should breathe life into otherwise smouldering embers ... this is a vital book, and will be a focus of debate for years to come.'
Michael Turner, The Agricultural History Reviews, Volume 41, Part 1, 1993 20/08/1993
`In a short review it is difficult to do justice to the painstaking, carefully constructed - and sometimes controversial - arguments put forward in this densely written book ... the book is of interest to all those concerned with rural development in Tudor, Stuart and Georgian England.'
Labour History Review
'It is ... the most statistically sophisticated and exhaustive study of enclosure yet published ... It is written with clarity, and a highly systematized stucture ... This is a most significant contribution to economic and to rural history.'
Malcolm Chase, University of Leeds, History No. 253, June 1993
'iconoclastic and consistently stimulating book ... It is a immensely hard-working effort, that marshals an impressive array of data to which a myriad of statistical manipulations has been applied ... the book is excellent in making complex material accessible to a wider audience ... for those at all interested in the problems of how societies facilitate agricultural and industrial takeoff, this is an essential read. Many may disagree with its findings, perhaps
even violently, but in its general clarity of exposition and its ability to provoke thought it is a model of its kind.'
John Langdon, University of Alberta, Canadian Journal of History, XXIX, December 1...
Part 1 The rise of the Yeoman and the landlord's agricultural revolution: enclosure in the South Midlands; enclosure and depopulation; the rise of the Yeoman; the disappearance of the Yeoman in the open fields. Part 2 Enclosure and productivity growth: the adoption of modern methods; yields and output; employment and labour productivity; rent increases and farm efficiency. Part 3 Capitalist agriculture and productivity growth: Yeomen, capitalist farmers and the growth in yields; labour shedding and the growth in productivity. Part 4 Agrarian change and industrialization: the failure of proto-industry and the origin of the surplus labour economy; the agricultural revolution and the growth of GDP. Part 5 The distribution of the benefits of technical progress: who gained from the agricultural revolution: the Yeoman alternative.