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Enclosure and the YeomanThe Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850$
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Robert C. Allen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198282969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198282969.001.0001

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The Failure of Protoindustry and the Origins of the Surplus Labour Economy, 1676–1831

The Failure of Protoindustry and the Origins of the Surplus Labour Economy, 1676–1831

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(p.234) (p.235) 12 The Failure of Protoindustry and the Origins of the Surplus Labour Economy, 1676–1831
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Enclosure and the Yeoman
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Robert C. Allen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198282969.003.0012

This chapter discusses how the agriculture's release of labour did not lead to industrial growth. Falling farm employment and population growth were some of the factors that pushed labour into industry; indeed, the fertility rate actually rose during the middle of the eighteenth century. One finding that is presented in this chapter was able to undermine the previous argument that stated that the population explosion was a consequence of the yield increases that were believed to have followed after the shift to large farms.

Keywords:   agriculture, release of labour, industrial growth, farm employment, population growth, labour, industry, population explosion

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