Decision-making In Medieval Agriculture

Hardcover | September 29, 2005

byDavid Stone

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This fascinating and important book uses a wealth of contemporary sources to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers and, by doing so, argues that there has been a stereotypical interpretation of the middle ages. David Stone overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen aseconomically backward and instead reveals that agricultural decision-making was as rational in the fouteenth century as in modern times. Investigating agricultural mentalities first at a local level and then for England as a whole, Dr Stone argues that human action shaped the course of the ruraleconomy to a much greater extent than has hitherto been appreciated, and challenges the commonly held view that the medieval period was dominated by ecological and economic crises. Focusing in particular on responses to commercial forces and the adoption of agricultural technology, this book hassignificant implications for our understanding of agricultural development throughout the last thousand years.

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This fascinating and important book uses a wealth of contemporary sources to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers and, by doing so, argues that there has been a stereotypical interpretation of the middle ages. David Stone overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen aseconomically backward and instead reveals that ...

David Stone currently teaches history at Dulwich College. Previously he was a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247765

ISBN - 13:9780199247769

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I: Introduction1. Interpreting Medieval Agriculture2. The Demesne Farm of Wisbech BartonII: The Management of Resources at Wisbech Barton3. From Agrarian Crisis to the Black Death4. The 'Indian Summer' for Demesne Farming5. Responding to Pressure at the turn of the Fifteenth Century6. The Last Phase of Direct CultivationIII: Decision Making on Medieval Agriculture7. Standards of Demesne Farm Management in England8. The Use of Agricultural Techniques in Medieval EnglandBibliographyIndex

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`Consistently thought provoking...the most advanced attempt yet to reconstruct the mental world of medieval farmers from account rolls. the consistently fascinating findings demonstrate a greater responsiveness to the market on the part of medieval estate managers than economic historians have hitherto comprehended.'Christopher Thornton, Cambridge University Press, Rural History, Volume 17/2