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Alternative agriculture : a history from the Black Death to the present day

Author: Joan Thirsk
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©1997.
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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  Read more...
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Thirsk, Joan.
Alternative agriculture.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©1997
(DLC) 98115344
(OCoLC)37822020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Thirsk
ISBN: 9780191586811 0191586811 0585071993 9780585071992 0191677922 9780191677922
OCLC Number: 44954333
Description: 1 online resource (x, 365 pages) : illustrations
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 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: 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. -- Publisher description.

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