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Enclosure and the Yeoman – The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Enclosure and the Yeoman: The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850

Robert C. Allen


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. The author study shows that, contrary to the assumption of many historians, small-scale farmers in the open-field system were responsible for a considerable proportion of the productivity growth achieved between the middle ages and the nineteenth century. The process of enclosure and the replacement of these yeomen by large-scale tenant farming relying on wage labou ... More

Keywords: English agriculture, productivity growth, income distribution, British economic development, small-scale farmers, open-field system, middle ages, enclosure, yeomen, Industrial Revolution

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Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198282969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198282969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Allen, author
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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