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Marginal EuropeThe Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages$
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Sidney Pollard

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001

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The Negative View

The Negative View

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Marginal Europe


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This chapter begins with an account of what has traditionally been the predominant view, to the effect that marginal areas are poor, backward, and undesirable, and that their populations are the poor relations of society. The widespread agreement on inferiority encompasses a number of variations. There are those who think that it is the natural conditions of margins which are inferior – their infertile soil, harsh climate, distance from the centre of things; there are those who believe the population living in marginal areas to be in some way inferior to those living in core areas; and there are those who hold that one was the cause of the other, that is to say, that it was the unfavourable environment which made the dwellers in it poor, backward, or uncultured.

Keywords:   marginal lands, economic margin, poverty, infertile soil, landscape

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