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An archaeology of improvement in rural Massachusetts : landscapes of profit and betterment at the dawn of the 19th century

Author: Quentin P Lewis
Publisher: Cham : Springer Science + Business Media, [2016]
Series: Contributions to global historical archaeology.
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This book probes the materiality of Improvement in early 19th century rural Massachusetts. Improvement was a metaphor for human intervention in the dramatic changes taking place to the English speaking world in the 18th and 19th centuries as part of a transition to industrial capitalism. The meaning of Improvement vacillated between ideas of economic profit and human betterment, but in practice, Improvement relied  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Lewis, Quentin P.
Archaeology of improvement in rural Massachusetts.
(OCoLC)913557047
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Quentin P Lewis
ISBN: 9783319221052 3319221051
OCLC Number: 930703129
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface --
Part 1: Improvement as archaeological subject --
Chapter 1: Rural Life and Historical Archaeology --
Chapter 2: Improvement, Capitalism, and Landscape Change --
Part 2: Improving New England at the dawn of the 19th century --
Chapter 3: Rural New England in Time and Place --
Chapter 4: Improvement and Agriculture in Massachusetts at the dawn of the 19th century --
Chapter 5: Excavating the Yeoman: Materializing the idealized people and landscapes of Improvement literature --
Chapter 6: The E.H. Williams House --
Chapter 7: The Logic of Improvement in the Williams Yard --
Chapter 8: Manuring and the political economy of Improvement --
Chapter 9: Conclusion --
Appendix: The archaeology of the EH Williams House.
Series Title: Contributions to global historical archaeology.
Responsibility: Quentin P. Lewis.
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