The Economic History of England - Vol. 1

The Economic History of England - Vol. 1

The Economic History of England - Vol. 1

The Economic History of England - Vol. 1

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The first edition of this volume appeared in 1915. The two decades, which have elapsed, have witnessed a marked development of the study of Economic History. The growth of interest is reflected in the publication of original sources and in an increasing number of monographs on specialized topics. They have not affected the structure of the book, or materially modified the general interpretation here presented; but they have added substantially to our knowledge on many important aspects of the subject. The time therefore seemed ripe for a complete revision of a work which has been in the hands of students for over twenty years. In order to provide an adequate account of the new material, the volume has been enlarged by a hundred and twenty pages; and every page of the text has been thoroughly revised to bring it into conformity with the fresh information.

It may be useful to indicate briefly some of the additions which have been made. In the chapter on the Origin of the Manor attention is drawn to new sources of evidence, field archaeology and air-photography, which have thrown light on the origins of English agriculture. The chapter on the Manor and the Open Field System discusses the different types of field systems and the variations from the orthodox pattern of the normal manor. In the chapter on the Breakup of the Manor the varying effects produced by the Black . . .

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