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Community and Market in England: Open Fields and Enclosures Revisited

Robert C. Allen

in Communities and Markets in Economic Development

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241019
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241015.003.0002
 Community and Market in England: Open Fields and Enclosures Revisited

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This chapter presents an alternative interpretation of the open fields based on historical research in the last thirty years. Open fields were an efficient institution for meeting the needs of small-scale, grain growing farmers. However, market capitalism undermined the open field community from within, which precipitated its demise.

Keywords: community; market; open fields; enclosures

Chapter.  12206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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