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Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society
Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society

Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society

Revisiting Tawney and Postan

Edited by J. P. Bowen, Edited by A. T. Brown

Studies in Regional and Local History


288 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $79.95 (US $79.95) (CA $95.95)

Publication Date: February 2016

ISBN 9781909291447

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

University Hertfordshire Press (Feb 2016)
University Of Hertfordshire Press


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English rural society underwent fundamental changes between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries with urbanization, commercialization and industrialization producing new challenges and opportunities for inhabitants of rural communities. However, our understanding of this period has been shaped by the compartmentalization of history into medieval and early-modern specialisms and by the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism and landlord-tenant relations. Inspired by the classic works of Tawney and Postan, this collection of essays examines their relevance to historians today, distinguishing between their contrasting approaches to the pre-industrial economy and exploring the development of agriculture and rural industry; changes in land and property rights; and competition over resources in the English countryside.

Author Biography

James P. Bowen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool. A.T. Brown is an Addison Wheeler Fellow at Durham University.