Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society
Revisiting Tawney and Postan
Editor: James P Bowen, A.T. Brown
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“A great strength of Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society is its review of major historical debates and an examination of their relevance today. Local history is at its best when its writers build on the foundations of such work and the University of Hertfordshire Press is to be congratulated on publishing its series of Studies on Regional and Local History.”
About the book
English rural society underwent fundamental changes between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries with urbanisation, commercialisation and industrialisation producing new challenges and opportunities for inhabitants of rural communities.
However, our understanding of this period has been shaped by the compartmentalisation of history into medieval and early-modern specialisms and by the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism and landlord-tenant relations.
Inspired by the classic works of Tawney and Postan, this collection of essays examines their relevance to historians today, distinguishing between their contrasting approaches to the pre-industrial economy and exploring the development of agriculture and rural industry; changes in land and property rights; and competition over resources in the English countryside.
These case studies further highlight the regional diversity of medieval and early-modern England by focusing on the mixed economies of south-western, western and northern England, and the role of coastal and urban communities within the rural economy.
ISBN: 978-1-909291-45-4 Format: Paperback, 326pp Published: Jun 2016
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