International conference: Paths for Agricultural Growth in Europe from the Sixteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century

RHN 24/2015 | Event

Organisers: Gerard Béaur (CNRS-CRH, EHESS, France); Rosa Congost (Universitat de Girona, Catalonia, Spain); Laurent Herment (CRH, EHESS, France); Luigi Lorenzetti (USI-LabiSAp, Switzerland); Pablo F. Luna (Paris Sorbonne, CRH, France); Leen van Molle (University of Leuven, Belgique)

5-7 March 2015, Ascona, Monte Verità, Switzerland

International conference:
Paths for Agricultural Growth in Europe from the Sixteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century

This workshop aims to re-examine the paths of growth in European agriculture between 1500 and 1950 by the critical use of various historical models. It will be both a critical examination of these historical models, explaining the successes and failures of national and regional agricultures, and an attempt to re-evaluate the specific relevance of contemporary growth models. It will focus on five unifying themes in order to look at the following questions:

  • How did agricultural techniques and productive processes develop? What was their relation to economic progress in general and the emergence of agrarian capitalism?
  • How were new crops brought into complex agrarian systems? What were the social and economic consequences of this?
  • What improvements were made in stock rearing? What effect did this have on the whole production stream?
  • What changes were made to land possession and ownership? What were the practical results of projects introduced for explicitly economic purposes?
  • What were the effects of new international trading patterns? What effect did they have on agricultural holdings and on rural and domestic industry?

Programme

Source: crh.ehess.fr