Marginal Europe: The Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages


The momentum of the British industrial revolution arose mostly in regions poorly endowed by nature, badly located and considered backward and poor by contemporaries. Pollard examines the influence of geography upon the environment, asking why people living in marginal areas (mountains, forests, marshes) have taken the lead in key phases of European progress, such as in the Dutch Golden Age.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1997


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