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Decision-Making in Medieval Agriculture

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  • Stone, David

    (Teacher of History, Dulwich College)

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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 these key figures in the Middle Ages have been unfairly stereotyped. David Stone overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen as economically 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 rural economy 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 has significant implications for our understanding of agricultural development throughout the last thousand years.

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  • Stone, David, 2005. "Decision-Making in Medieval Agriculture," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199247769.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199247769
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    1. Eric B. Schneider, 2011. "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Yield-Raising Strategies in Medieval England: An Econometric Approach," Oxford University Economic and Social History Series _090, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
    2. Susan Oosthuizen, 2013. "A 'truth universally acknowledged'?: morphology as an indicator of medieval planned market towns," Landscape History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(1), pages 51-80, May.
    3. Kathleen Pribyl & Richard Cornes & Christian Pfister, 2012. "Reconstructing medieval April-July mean temperatures in East Anglia, 1256–1431," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 113(2), pages 393-412, July.

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