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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Landed Estates and Rural Inequality in English History

From the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present

Authors: Jones, Eric

  • An important text from a world leader in British and World economic history
  • Analyses the means whereby the estate system was maintained, including study of the investment of industrial fortunes in landed estates; exceptionally close use of regional material; examination of landscape and wildlife effects
  • Includes novel discussion of the demolition of villages and of ‘road capture'
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About this book

Based on a detailed investigation of local sources, this book examines the history of the landed estate system in England since the mid-seventeenth century. Over recent centuries England was increasingly occupied by landed estates run by locally dominant and nationally influential owners. Historically, newcomers adopted the behaviour of existing landowners, all of whom presided over a relatively impoverished mass of rural inhabitants. Preferences for privacy and fine views led landowners to demolish or remove some whole villages.  Alongside extensive landscape remodelling, rights-of-way were often privatised, imposing a cost on the economy.

Social and environmental implications of the landed system as a whole are discussed and particular attention is paid to the nineteenth-century investment of industrial profits in estates. Why was the system so attractive and how was it perpetuated? Matters of poverty and inequality have always been of perennial interest to scholars of many persuasions and to the educated public; with this important book surveying environmental concerns in addition.  


About the authors

Eric L. Jones is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. He has spent a lifetime working and publishing extensively on the economic history of agriculture and environmental history. 

Reviews

“Eric Jones, one of the most respected and original economic historians of our age, has produced an indignant and sparkling indictment of landed estates in rural England. He mercilessly dissects the economic follies, environmental destruction, and social travesties committed by a callous gentry class in search of luxurious mansions, hunting grounds, and rustic views.” (Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University, United States)

“Landed estates and their owners have long dominated the political, social and economic control of the English countryside.  In this masterly survey of their development since the mid-seventeenth century, Eric Jones uses a potent mix of well-chosen case examples and select economic concepts to draw out their character in a way that convincingly challenges past ideas about them.” (Robert Dodgshon, Aberystwith University, Wales)

“Jones presents an overview of the English landed estate system from its medieval origins to the influx of industrial capital in the nineteenth century. He demonstrates that it was not only the concentration of capital in the landed class which defined and perpetuated social inequities, but also how the capital was deployed in re-shaping the countryside to service the leisure as well as the business interests of the land owners and their upwardly mobile tenants.” (Patrick Dillon, University of Exeter, United Kingdom)

“Landed estates have been a defining feature of English society for centuries. In this book Jones examines aspects of their impact that have hitherto been typically less well explored in the literature, such as the estates’ roles in the erosion of public rights of way, in the socially destructive remodelling of the landscape, and in the environmental harm wrought by blood sports.” (Gary Magee, Monash University, Australia)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Landed Interest

    Jones, Eric L.

    Pages 1-10

  • Cotton into Land

    Jones, Eric L.

    Pages 11-31

  • The Lower Orders

    Jones, Eric L.

    Pages 33-43

  • Expelling the People

    Jones, Eric L.

    Pages 45-55

  • Road Capture

    Jones, Eric L.

    Pages 57-70

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-74868-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Landed Estates and Rural Inequality in English History
Book Subtitle
From the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74869-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74869-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74868-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 129
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