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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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About the Authors
  • 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 southwest 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 new 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 optimize the management of resources.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "the implications of Warde's conclusions for how we think about peasant economic activity, for the nature of rhetoric emplyed in disputes within the village commune, and for the interaction of the center and localities in the formation of the early modern territorial state in Europe are ample rewards for the perseverance of the nonspecialist reader." - Geoffrey Dipple, Augustana College

    "...this book represents an important effort to re-evaluate the relationship between human beings and their material environment." -Christopher W. Close, H-German

    "...impressively researched..." -Christopher W. Close, H-German

    "...well thought out piece of research based on the vast literature on the Black Forest and the Duchy of Wurttemberg, and on a thorough investigation of manuscript sources housed in Stuttgart and local record offices."
    Mauro Ambrosoli, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • 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
    List of abbreviations
    1. The peasant dynamic
    2. Power and property
    3. The regulative drive
    4. From clearance to crisis?
    5. The two ecologies

  • Author

    Paul Warde, University of Cambridge

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