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Agricultural Literature in Eurasia circa 200 BCE – 1500 CE


  • Myrdal, Janken

    () (Dept. of Economic History, Stockholm University)


Agricultural literature is one of the most important and oldest non-fictions genres in the world. This text gives us the first overview of extant agricultural treatises in Eurasia before c. 1500. With this overview, it is possible to give a better foundation to discussions on the role of knowledge. This literature also gives us indications about the importance of agriculture in different periods for a number of regions in Eurasia. An important part is discussion on method. The goal is to arrive at comparable numbers – to form the basis for analyze.

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  • Myrdal, Janken, 2014. "Agricultural Literature in Eurasia circa 200 BCE – 1500 CE," Stockholm Papers in Economic History 15, Stockholm University, Department of Economic History.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:suekhi:0015

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    Agricultural history; Knowledge; Eurasia;

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    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N15 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Asia including Middle East
    • N50 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - General, International, or Comparative

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