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British Agricultural Revolution 1600-1870

Recent historical research has challenged previous ideas about the timing and nature of a British agricultural revolution when agricultural improvers and landowners led the way in increasing farming productivity. New measurements of work occupations and agricultural output show that food production rose significantly before the eighteenth century, as did pre-factory manufacturing. There was also a 'second agricultural revolution' in the nineteenth century. These changes allowed more food to be produced by a lower proportion of the workforce, releasing labour to propel the growth of manufacturing in the period before and during the Industrial Revolution.

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2018-01-19 11:37
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Document Agricultural revolution week 1 slides

Introduction

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Document Reading list, discussion and assignment topics, weeks 1-3

Background and discussion topic reading lists

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Document Week 2, Was there a seventeenth-century yeoman's agriculture revolution?

Explores the technical farming and institutional changes of the 17th and early 18th centuries, and evaluates evidence for a 17th-century yeoman's...

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Document Week 3, Improved farming methods

New crops and systems in the 18th century

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Document Reading list and discussion topics to Week 5

Reading list and discussion topics to Week 5

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Document Week 4, The growth of landed estates and capitalist farms

Week 4 slides

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Document Week 5, Enclosure in the lowlands

Week 5 slides, Enclosure in the lowlands

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Document Reading list and discussion topics to Week 7

Reading list to Week 7

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Document The trials and tribulations of a local land agent

Extracts from Ancaster estate correspondence, 1817-20

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Document Week 6, Enclosure in the uplands

Course slides, Enclosure in the uplands

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Document Week 7, The role of agricultural improvers and land agents

Week 7 class slides

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Document Reading list to Week 9

Reading list to Week 9

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Document Week 8, The social impact of enclosure

Class slides on The social impact of enclosure

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Document Reading list and discussion topics to Week 10

Reading list and discussion topics to Week 10

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Document Week 9, The second (or third?) Agricultural Revolution

Week 9 slides, The second (or third) Agricultural Revolution

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