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Joan Thirsk was the leading English agrarian historian of the late 20th century. Perhaps best known for her research into regional farming, she also wrote much about rural industry, changing tastes and fashions, and innovations in the rural economy. This book is based on a conference held in her honour (following her death in 2013) that was intended not to look back but rather to identify Joan Thirsk's relevance for historians now, and to present new work that has been influenced and inspired by her. Some of the contributors are scholars who knew Joan, and as students were taught and supervised by her; others are younger people who know of her ideas from her publications. Thirsk's writings were informed by a sympathy for country people, which enabled her to appreciate their wisdom and common sense. The contributors to this book have been inspired by Joan Thirsk's revelation of a lively, varied and developing rural scene, and pursue themes that extend her pioneering work in new ways. Their chapters on regional differences, farming methods, conflicts over the use of land, shopping opportunities, fashion and consumption resonate with each other and present fresh insights into a world that was undergoing transformation well before the Agricultural Revolution.
Number of Pages: 256
Series Title: Explorations in Local and Regional Histo
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Street Date: November 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-3433
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