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Marginal Europe: The Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages

Sidney Pollard


The momentum of the British industrial revolution arose mostly in regions that were poorly endowed by nature, badly located, and considered backward and poor by contemporaries. This book examines the initially surprising contribution made by the population of these and other ‘marginal areas’ (mountains, forests, and marshes) to the economic development of Europe since the Middle Ages. The author provides case studies of periods in which marginal areas took the lead in economic development, such as the Dutch economy in its Golden Age and the British industrial revolution. The traditional percep ... More

Keywords: industrial revolution, marginal areas, economic development, Europe, Dutch economy, Golden Age, progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sidney Pollard, author
Bielefield University