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The Common-Field Village of Midland England

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Goodacre, John
Conference: Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons
Location: Cheltenham, England
Conf. Date: July 14-18, 2008
Date: 2008
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/533
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Europe
Subject(s): enclosure
agricultural development
agrarian reform
Abstract: "The enclosure of the open fields farmed in common in the Midlands of England was accomplished in several stages. The enclosures of the seventeenth century were a turning point in the development of capitalist production. Paradoxically this was a triumph for open-field farming. "This paper is based on an analysis of the local agrarian economy and illustrated from the writings of two contemporary protagonists in the national debate on development."

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