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Communities and Markets in Economic Development$
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Masahiko Aoki and Yujiro Hayami

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199241015.001.0001

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Community and Market in England: Open Fields and Enclosures Revisited

Community and Market in England: Open Fields and Enclosures Revisited

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(p.42) 2 Community and Market in England: Open Fields and Enclosures Revisited
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Communities and Markets in Economic Development
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Robert C. Allen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199241015.003.0002

This chapter presents an alternative interpretation of the open fields based on historical research in the last thirty years. Open fields were an efficient institution for meeting the needs of small-scale, grain growing farmers. However, market capitalism undermined the open field community from within, which precipitated its demise.

Keywords:   community, market, open fields, enclosures

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