Record Number : 51827 of 13452

Title : Ecological aspects of agricultural sustainability, c.1576-1946

Description :
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Ecological Aspects of Agricultural Sustainability, c.1576-1946' dataset hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as a tab delimited text Microsoft Access97 files. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The aim of the project was to extract data from appropriate farm records and other sources in England for the period 1500-2000 to address the questions of whether and how English agriculture was 'sustainable' in the period. The objective was to reconfigure English agriculture for the period within a framework defined by the modern concept of 'sustainable development'. The project had five aims and objectives: i) To recontextualise English agricultural history in the framework and language of modern concepts of sustainable development ii) To view the agricultural history of England since 1500 in a manner which is methodologically different from the traditional line of argument which concentrates on economic and technological issues iii) To raise questions about the shift from sustainable to non- sustainable agriculture at different periods, and to ask why it occurred iv) To ask whether the historical experience offers valuable insights for an understanding of modern agricultural issues, within the context of sustainable development v) To prepare a dataset on agriculture in England c.1500-2000 in the context of sustainable agricultural development The impact of this research is to complement the more traditional approaches to English agricultural history in the period. On the one hand this has been mainly a descriptive characterisation of agricultural change, usually without a theoretical framework, and on the other it has concentrated on the measured outputs of agriculture. This project employed the modern concept of sustainability to give the processes of change a much needed framework, and within that framework it looks at the implications of the inputs and their relationship with maintaining the quality of the soil. Sustainability has become one of the most fashionable social science concepts, and although it developed on a global basis, and within that mainly on a third world basis, it nevertheless offers significant opportunities for adaptation to English agricultural history.


Uncontrolled Keywords : Bedfordshire; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; Cambridgeshire; Cheshire; Cornwall; Cumberland; Derbyshire; Devon; Dorset; Durham (County); East Sussex; Essex; Gloucestershire; Hampshire; Herefordshire; Hertfordshire; Huntingdonshire; Isle Of Wight; Kent; Lancashire; Leicestershire; Lincolnshire; Middlesex; Norfolk; Northamptonshire; Northumberland; Nottinghamshire; Oxfordshire; Rutland (County); Shropshire; Somerset; Staffordshire; Suffolk; Surrey; Warwickshire; West Sussex; Westmorland; Wiltshire; Worcestershire; Yorkshire East Riding; Yorkshire North Riding; Yorkshire West Riding; accounts; agricultural development; agricultural land; agriculture; archive records; correspondence; diaries; environmental conservation; estate records; food resources; land resources; location; maps; parish records; renewable resources; rent records; resources conservation; soil resources; sustainable development; taxation records; unpublished documents

Language : eng;

Period : 16th Century; 17th Century; 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century (1900 - 1945); 20th Century (1946 - 1999); 1576 - 1946

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