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By Peter M. Jones

Agricultural Enlightenment explores the modernization of the agricultural economic climate in Europe throughout the lens of the Enlightenment. It specializes in the second one 1/2 the eighteenth century and emphasizes the function of worthy wisdom within the strategy of agrarian switch and agricultural improvement. As such it invitations fiscal historians to answer the problem issued via Joel Mokyr to appear past quantitative info and to take heavily the argument that cultural components, commonly understood, can have aided or hindered the evolution of agriculture within the early smooth interval ("what humans knew and believed" had a right away pertaining to their fiscal habit [Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy]). proof in aid of the concept that a conveniently available provide of agricultural wisdom is helping to give an explanation for the trajectory of the agricultural economic climate is drawn from the entire nations of Europe. The e-book contains situations reviews of speedy rural modernization in Scotland and Denmark the place Agricultural Enlightenment was once speedily via full-scale Agricultural Revolution.

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246. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 17/10/15, SPi Agriculture, Industry, and Commerce 27 National Assembly of France set an example to the rest of Europe by abolishing excise duties and concentrating public taxation on land; would it remove mercantilist controls over trade and industry; would it establish institutions which curtailed the power of vested interests? Above all, would it ‘free’ agriculture (from the tithe, from feudal dues, and from the multiple servitudes enshrined in collective rights)?

Until that time the direction in which agronomy would travel remained uncertain. In the eyes of many, perhaps the majority of ordinary, unsung practitioners it remained a field discipline which had relatively little to learn from the laboratory sciences. With the return to peacetime conditions after more than two decades of near constant warfare everyone was anticipating a reversion to normality. On the cessation of hostilities in 1814–15, however, it soon became apparent that there was little agreement as to what normality in the economic sphere presupposed, let alone how to go about reinstating it.

Intellectual historians, too, have found uses for the rhetoric of political economy. Older historiographical certainties about the ideological content of the Enlightenment having been discarded, they have regrouped around the argument that the Enlightenment did, after all, have a common core. 36 There is much to be said for this approach which helps to reinstate the Enlightenment as a cultural phenomenon experienced at a certain social level all over Europe. However, it is important not to overstate the coherence of the ideas bundled together under the heading of political economy in the second half of the eighteenth century.

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