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Alternative Agriculture: A History: From the Black Death to the Present Day

Joan Thirsk

Abstract

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. However, that countryside may have looked both more and less familiar than we imagine. Take today's startling yellow fields of rapeseed, seemingly more suited to the landscape of Van Gogh than Constable. They were, in fact, thoroughly familiar to fieldworkers in 17th-century England. At the same time, some features that would h ... More

Keywords: agriculture, English countryside, farming, rapeseed, rabbit, artichoke, tomato, glasshouse, salad, fish

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208136.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Thirsk, author
British Agricultural History Society