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Enclosure and the YeomanThe Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850$
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Robert C. Allen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198282969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198282969.001.0001

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Enclosure and Depopulation

Enclosure and Depopulation

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Enclosure and the Yeoman

Robert C. Allen

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Aside from being disruptive in the midlands (a topic discussed in Chapter 2), it has been determined that enclosure is the oldest explanation for the destruction of the English peasantry. This chapter discusses an argument about enclosures, which states that early enclosures often did eliminate peasant agriculture and instead concentrate on the ownership of property in the hands of manorial lords. This argument rests on the evidence of the land tax assessments; taxes were noted to be first imposed in 1692.

Keywords:   midlands, enclosure, destruction of the English peasantry, argument, peasant agriculture, ownership of property, manorial lords, land tax assessments, 1692

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