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Rural History in Europe #03: Agrosystems and Labour Relations in European Rural Societiesby Erich Landsteiner
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It goes without saying that agriculture is a form of colonisation of nature by society. In the course of history the articulation of natural and societal features gave rise to a wide variety of agrosystems within the boundaries of Europe which were embedded in supra-regional political and economic contexts at least from the High Middle Ages onwards. By following an integrative approach, this volume defines agrosystems as production systems based on the ecological and socioeconomic relations involved in the reproduction of rural societies at multiple levels. The authors explore the articulation of natural and societal factors through the prism of labour relations. The structural and practical organization of labour is seen as the crucial link between rural production and reproduction. Accordingly, the contributions focus on the rural household as the basic unit of production and reproduction in different temporal and spatial contexts. Therefore, the question arises if the changes in ecosystems and social systems have so fundamentally altered European agriculture up to now that peasant family farming will disappear (if it is no longer sustained by state intervention).
Book News Annotation:
This collection examines the question of whether the specific features of agrarian production condition the forms and social relations of production, in studies of eight times and places across Europe. Among the topics are household, peasant holding, and labor relations in a Mediterranean rural society as seen in the Valencian country during the late Middle Ages; mountain farmers' labor requirements and the choice of spouse in 19th-century Tyrol and Vorarlberg; regional agrosystems, labor markets, and the Nazi state in the German province of Niederdonau in 1938-45; and fishing farmers of Arctic Norway during the 20th century. No index is provided. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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