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Ecology, Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Germany

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143332

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  • This is an innovative analysis of the agrarian world and growth of government in early modern Germany through the medium of pre-industrial society's most basic material resource, wood. Paul Warde offers a regional study of south-west Germany from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century, demonstrating the stability of the economy and social structure through periods of demographic pressure, warfare and epidemic. He casts light on the nature of 'wood shortages' and societal response to environmental challenge, and shows how institutional responses largely based on preventing local conflict were poor at adapting to optimise the management of resources. Warde further argues for the inadequacy of models that oppose the 'market' to a 'natural economy' in understanding economic behaviour. This is a major contribution to debates about the sustainability of peasant society in early modern Europe, and to the growth of ecological approaches to history and historical geography.

    • A comprehensive English-language study of woodland and wood use in central Europe
    • Addresses key ecological issues such as sustainability and the management of natural resource
    • A groundbreaking contribution to the social, economic and environmental history of pre-industrial Europe
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143332
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    Glossary
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The peasant dynamic
    2. Power and property
    3. The regulative drive
    4. From clearance to crisis?
    5. The two ecologies
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Paul Warde, University of Cambridge

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