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Rural History in Europe #1: The State and Rural Societies: Policy and Education in Europe. 1750-2000


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Rural societies are conventionally thought to be bound by tradition and resistant to change. But from the 18th century onwards, many countries began to see the countryside as the basis of national prosperity, with a healthy and increasing population, and rising agricultural output fostering general economic growth. It became an objective of the State to encourage the trend, but also to exert social control on this major part of the population in order to civilize the rude peasantry and acquire their electoral support. This book deals with the various aspects of rural life in which the State intervened: economic matters, such as property rights and market regulations; social questions, from moral concerns to demographic policy; the key issue of rural education. From Sweden to the Iberian Peninsula, the United Kingdom to Hungary, and from the eighteenth century to the twentieth, using both broad surveys and in-depth studies, with an extensive introduction written from a comparative perspective, an international group of historians (brought together by the COST network A35) for the first time examine the rural concerns of the state, both economic and social, in a comparative European context.

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Presented by Vivier (social and economic history, U. of Maine, France), 14 essays explore the role of the state in promoting change in rural society in Europe between 1750 and 2000. Topics include the collection of agrarian statistics in Ancien Régime France and Germany, financing agrarian reforms in 19th century Germany, collective agricultural practices and the French state, the formation of agricultural public institutions in Spain in 1830-1936, rural unrest and the origins of the Prussian Chambers of Agriculture, farm policy as authoritarian intervention in the Salazar and Franco dictatorships of Portugal and Spain, the first Hungarian College of Farming, the origins of public agricultural education in Italy, and agricultural education and training in the UK from 1850 to 2000. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Vivier, Nadine
Brepols Publishers
Modern - 18th Century
Social history
World History-1650 to Present
Rural History in Europe
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