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Author Thirsk, Joan

Title Alternative agriculture : a history from the Black Death to the present day / Joan Thirsk
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©1997


Description 1 online resource (x, 365 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. The First Experience, 1350-1500. 1. Agriculture after the Black Death -- Part II. The Second Experience, 1650-1750. 2. Entering a New Era -- 3. Settling into a Routine -- 4. Alternative Crops: The Successes -- 5. Alternative Crops: The Near-Failures and Failures -- Part III. The Third Experience, 1879-1939. 6. Familiar Strategies -- 7. Diversification and Innovation -- 8. Context and Conclusion -- Part IV. The Fourth Experience, 1980s Onward. 9. Alternative Agriculture Today -- Conclusion
Summary People like to believe in a past golden age of "traditional" English countryside, before large farms, machinery, and the destruction of hedgerows changed the landscape forever. Yet crops from the past like flax, hemp, rapeseed, and woad are gradually reappearing in the "modern" countryside. Thirsk reveals how the forces which drive the current interest in alternative forms of agriculture--a glut of mainstream meat and cereal crops, changing patterns of diet, the needs of medicine--have striking parallels with earlier periods of English history, emphasizing that solutions to current problems can still be found in the hard-won experience of people in the past. -- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-338) and index
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Subject Agriculture -- Great Britain
Agriculture -- Great Britain -- History
Agricultural industries -- Great Britain
Agricultural industries -- Great Britain -- History
Agricultural innovations -- Great Britain
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Agronomy -- Crop Science.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Agronomy -- General.
Agricultural industries.
Agricultural innovations.
Biologische landbouw.
Agriculture durable -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Industrie agro-alimentaire -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Agriculture -- Innovations -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Agriculture -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Great Britain.
Angleterre (GB) -- Conditions rurales.
France -- Conditions économiques.
France -- Conditions rurales.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191586811