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The Field and the Forge: Population, Production, and Power in the Pre-industrial West

John Landers


This book offers a new approach to the pre-industrial past in Europe and the Mediterranean basin from the Roman Republic to the fall of Napoleon. It takes as its starting point E. A. Wrigley’s concept of ‘organic economies’ and their reliance on the land for energy and raw materials. It first considers the constraints on productivity, transportation, and the spatial organization of the economy. The second section analyses the constraints imposed by military technology and by the organic economy on the tactical, operational, and strategic use of armed force, and the consequences of the spread o ... More

Keywords: E. A. Wrigley, organic economy, military technology, energy revolution, political integration of space, mass poverty, resource shortages, economic inefficiency, political power, gunpowder revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Landers, author
Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
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