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Of Seeds, Seasons, and Seas: Andrew Watson's Medieval Agrarian Revolution Forty Years Later

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 November 2014

Paolo Squatriti*
Professor, Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003. Email:


Since its publication in 1974, Andrew Watson's article “The Arab Agricultural Revolution and Its Diffusion, 700–1100,” has been used and cited widely by historians and archaeologists, many working in fields far removed from Watson's. This essay explores the nature of Watson's impact and attempts to explain it.

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My thanks to Stephanie Leitzel for research on which this essay relies, and to Paul Rhode, who dreamt it up.



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