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Published: 03 February 2022

240 Pages | 28 black and white figures/maps


ISBN: 9780192849878

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Rethinking the Great Transition

Community and Economic Growth in County Durham, 1349-1660

Peter L. Larson

  • Offers a human and lively history of economic development and social and religious change
  • Demonstrates the vitality of the north-eastern economy before the Industrial Revolution
  • Provides an alternate model of the development of agrarian capitalism where stable small farms were not inconsistent with commercialised agriculture
  • Demonstrates that 'community' and 'capitalism' (or 'individualism') were not mutually exclusive
  • Shows the episodic and evolutionary nature of agrarian and economic change over the long term
  • Examines the debate about the origins of agrarian capitalism in the medieval and early modern periods
  • Shows the complex nature of 'community' by examining three villages in two parishes in a single administrative unit

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