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Agriculture in Depression 1870–1940

Agriculture in Depression 1870–1940


Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521557689

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  • This concise 1995 survey of British agriculture between 1870 and 1940 shows how, after a period of comparative prosperity, British farmers faced a period of depression. The prime cause of this was the increase in world food supplies and the competition from cheaper producers. The author explains how this agricultural depression affected all groups in British farming in different ways. He shows how farmers reacted to the increased international competition, and demonstrates how low wages for farmworkers speeded the drift of labour from the land towards the towns, resulting in growing rural depopulation in some areas. The book provides a succinct survey of the recent literature on the subject, outlining the major areas of controversy and disagreement among scholars. A comprehensive bibliography is provided to help the reader pursue the subject in more detail.

    • Surveys the most recent research and outlines the major areas of controversy
    • Concise account of how British and Irish agriculture was affected by and reacted to international competition in an era of growing world food surpluses
    • Written specifically for students
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521557689
    • length: 94 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.12kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. Prosperity before 1873
    2. The great agricultural depression of 1879–96
    3. Gainers and losers before 1914
    4. Temporary revival, 1914–21
    5. Depression of the 1920s and 1930s
    6. Tariff protection and other assistance
    7. The structure of rural society
    8. Conclusion

  • Author

    Richard Perren, University of Aberdeen

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