Alternative Agriculture: A History: From the Black Death to the Present Day

Alternative Agriculture: A History: From the Black Death to the Present Day

by Joan Thirsk

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198208136
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2000
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joan Thirsk (CBE, FBA), was Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford from 1965-1983, and is currently President of the British Agricultural History Society.

Table of 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

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