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Agricultural Enlightenment: Knowledge, Technology, and Nature, 1750-1840

Peter M. Jones


This book explores the knowledge underpinnings of agricultural change and growth in early modern Europe, building on the growing recognition among historians that ‘what people knew and believed’ had a bearing on their economic behaviour. Until recently researchers resisted arguments rooted in non-quantitative explanations of economic change which place the emphasis on cultural agents. The book focuses on the period circa 1750–1840 when an unprecedented amount of agricultural information was put into circulation which facilitated its consumption and incorporation into the practices of cereal an ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Agricultural Revolution, the knowledge economy, circulation, institutions, innovation, agricultural productivity, agricultural science, landscape planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Jones, author
Emeritus Professor, Department of History, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham