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Alternative Agriculture: A History: From the Black Death... by Thrisk (1997)

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  • Format - Hardcover
  • Condition - Pages crisp and clear with tight binding. See images to fully assess condition.



People like to believe in a past golden age of `traditional' English countryside, before large farms, machinery, and the destruction of hedgerows changed the landscape forever. Yet crops from the past like flax, hemp, rapeseed, and woad, are gradually reappearing in our `modern' countryside, which may in the past have looked both more and less familiar than we imagine. Joan Thirsk reveals how the forces which drive our current interest in alternative forms of agriculture - a glut of mainstream meat and cereal crops; changing patterns of diet; the needs of medicine - have striking parallels with earlier periods of our history, emphasizing that we can still find solutions to our current problems in the hard-won experience of people from the past.


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