The Development of Agrarian Capitalism: Land and Labour in Norfolk 1440-1580

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

byJane Whittle

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This is an important new scholarly study of the roots of capitalism. Jane Whittle's penetrating examination of rural England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries asks how capitalist it was, and how and why it changed over the century and a half under scrutiny. Her book intelligentlyrelates ideas of peasant society and capitalism to a local study of north-east Norfolk, a county that was to become one of the crucibles of the so-called agrarian revolution. Dr Whittle uses the rich variety of historical sources produced by this precocious commercialized locality to examine a widerange of topics from the manorial system and serfdom, rights to land and the level of rent, the land market and inheritance, to the distribution of land and wealth, the numbers of landless, wage-earners, and rural craftsmen, servants, and the labour laws.

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This is an important new scholarly study of the roots of capitalism. Jane Whittle's penetrating examination of rural England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries asks how capitalist it was, and how and why it changed over the century and a half under scrutiny. Her book intelligentlyrelates ideas of peasant society and capitalism to...

Jane Whittle is a Lecturer in Economic and Social History at University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208421

ISBN - 13:9780198208426

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`Whittle maintains a commendable hold on both her arguments and the evidence which she elucidates. There are separate thematic introductions, interim summaries, and straightforward conclusions to each section. The unsophisticated reader (and reviewer) is seldom lost and the book in factprovides and excellent guide, not merely to its own theme but to the ways in which real research can be done on the big questions.'Philip Morgan, H-Albion