This 1989 volume continues the detailed account of the agrarian history of England and Wales, and with volumes IV and V provides a continuous comprehensive study for the whole of the period 1500 to 1850. The century covered in the present volume has always been considered one of vital importance in agrarian history as being that of the classical 'agricultural revolution'. The work provides a fresh analysis and assessment of this period, particularly in the estimation, in terms more precise than ever before, of the extent of the growth of agricultural output, as well as of the prices that prevailed in the agricultural markets and the nature of those markets. Other important discussions provide the essential background of technical changes in agriculture and the changes in the rural landscape, the character of landownership and landed estates and social developments in the countryside. The volume finishes with a large statistical appendix.
Text figures; Tables; Abbreviations; Introduction G. E. Mingay; Part I. The Changing Rural Landscape, 1750-1850 Hugh C. Prince; Part II. Prices, Productivity, and Output B. A. Holderness; Part III. Markets and Marketing Richard Perren; Part IV. Farming Techniques: Introduction G. E. Mingay; Section 1. Arable Farming Jonathan Brown and H. A. Beecham: 1. Root crops Raine Morgan; Section 2. Livestock: 1. Sheep R. J. Moore-Colyer; 2. Cattle R. J. Moore Colyer; 3. The breeding of horses Jonathan Brown and H. A. Beecham; 4. Pigs Catherine Breeze; 5. Animal diseases and veterinary science Jonathan Brown and H. A. Beecham; Section 3. Agricultural Literature and Societies Nicholas Goddard; Part V. The Agricultural Servicing and Processing Industries: 1. Introduction E. J. T. Collins; 2. Corn milling Jennifer Tann; 3. Country trades, crafts, and professions J. A. Chartres; 4. The manufacture of leather L. A. Clarkson; 5. The coppice and underwood trades E. J. T. Collins; 6. The malting industry Jonathan Brown; 7. The agricultural engineering industry David Grace; Part VI. Landownership and Estate Management W. A. Armstrong; Part VII. Labour I: Rural Population Growth, Systems of Employment, and Incomes W. A. Armstrong; Part VIII. Labour II: Food, Shelter and Self-Help, the Poor Law and the Position of the Labourer in Rural Society W. A. Armstrong and J. P. Huzel; Part IX. The development of Rural Society J. H. Porter; Part X. Conclusion: The Progress of Agriculture 1750-1850 G. E. Mingay; Statistical appendix A. H. John; Select Bibliography; Index.