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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 Rise of the Yeoman

The Rise of the Yeoman

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(p.56) 4 The Rise of the Yeoman
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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/9780198282969.003.0004

This chapter discusses the way the peasantry consolidated its control over land in the sixteenth century. Prior to this, the English peasants slowly disappeared in two phases. The first phase was due to early enclosure, while the second phase was when peasant farmers also disappeared from the open fields in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Sections on farm life and labour are included in this chapter.

Keywords:   peasantry, sixteenth century, English peasants, enclosure, peasant farmers, farm life, labour

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