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C. ‘The Agricultural Revolution’ of 1650-1840: Enclosures and Technological Change



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C. ‘The Agricultural Revolution’ of 1650-1840: Enclosures and Technological Change
I. Textbook Surveys of Agrarian Change and Industrialization:

1. John H. Clapham, Economic History of Modern Britain, Vol. I (London, 1926), Chapter 4; Vol. II (1932), Chapter 7.


2. T.S. Ashton, Economic History of England: The Eighteenth Century (London, 1955), Chapter 2, pp. 30-62.
3. T.S. Ashton, Economic Fluctuations in England, 1700-1800 (Oxford, 1959), Chapter 2, pp. 27-48.
4. Phyllis Deane and W.A. Cole, British Economic Growth, 1688-1959 (Cambridge, 1960), pp. 62-74, 99-136, 140-7, 155-80.
5. Phyllis Deane, The First Industrial Revolution (Cambridge, 1965), Chapter 3: ‘The Agricultural Revolution’, pp. 36-50.
6. E.J. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire: An Economic History of Great Britain from 1750 to the Present Day (London, 1968). Chapter 5: ‘Agriculture, 1750-1850’, pp. 97-108 (Marxist approach).
7. Peter Mathias, The First Industrial Nation: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1914 (London, 1969; 2nd rev. edn., London, 1983), Chapter 3.
8. J.D. Chambers, Population, Economy, and Society in Pre- Industrial England (Oxford, 1972): chapters 5 and 6.
9. David Grigg, The Transformation of Agriculture in the West (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992).


  1. Bas J. P. Van Bavel and Eric Thoen, eds., Land Productivity and Agro-Systems in the North Sea Area (Middle Ages to Twentieth Century): Elements for Comparison, Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area, no. 2 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1999).




  1. Giovanni Federico, Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800 - 2000 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

* 12. Joel Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700 - 1850, The New Economic History of Britain, ed. David Cannadine (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009): ‘Agriculture in the Age of the Enlightenment’, pp. 171-97.


* 13. Robert C. Allen, The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, New Approaches to Economic and Social History (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009): chapter 3, ‘The Agricultural Revolution’, pp. 57-79.




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