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The Development of Agrarian Capitalism: Land and Labour in Norfolk 1440-1580

Jane Whittle


This book is an important new scholarly study of the roots of capitalism. The author's penetrating examination of rural England in the 15th and 16th centuries asks how capitalist it was, and how and why it changed over the century and a half under scrutiny. Her book relates ideas of peasant society and capitalism to a local study of north-east Norfolk, a county that was to become one of the crucibles of the so-called agrarian revolution. The author uses the rich variety of historical sources produce ... More

Keywords: agrarian revolution, capitalism, rural England, Norfolk, manorial system, serfdom, land rights, inheritance, labour laws, rural craftsmen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Whittle, author
University of Exeter