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Agricultural depression in England, 1873-96: skills transfer and the 'Redeeming Scots'

Hunt, Edward and Pam, S. J. (2011) Agricultural depression in England, 1873-96: skills transfer and the 'Redeeming Scots'. Agriculture History Review, 59 (1). pp. 81-100. ISSN 0002-1490

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This article considers whether the migration of Scottish farmers to East Anglia constitutes evidence that English agriculture failed to respond effectively to changed market conditions in the later nineteenth century. In received accounts of the agricultural depression, enlightened, adaptable, and hard-working Scottish farmers are contrasted with local agriculturalists who, until the Scots demonstrated that survival lay in producing milk for London, were allegedly reluctant to abandon cereal growing. Using detailed evidence from 39 Essex parishes, the magnitude and timing of farmer-migration, and the transfer of skills, are examined in the context of claims that English agriculture 'failed'.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 British Agricultural History Society
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 14:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:15

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