Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

Harriet Cornell (Editor), Julian Goodare (Editor), Alan R. MacDonald (Editor)

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Showcases the latest research on Scotland's rural economy and society. Early modern Scotland was predominantly rural. Agriculture was the main occupation of most people at the time, so what happened in the countryside was crucial: economically, socially and culturally. The essays collected here focus on the years between around 1500 and 1750. This period, although before the main era of agricultural "improvement" in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was nevertheless far from static in terms of agrarian development. Specific topics addressed include everyday farming practices; investment; landlords, tenants and estate management; and the cultural context within which agriculture was "imagined". The disastrous famine of 1622-23 is analysed in detail. The volume is completed by a comprehensive survey of recent historiography, setting agricultural history in its broader context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherBoydell Press
Number of pages289
ISBN (Electronic)9781805432753, 9781805432760
ISBN (Print)9781837650484
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameBoydell Studies in Rural History


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