Agricultural Development in the World Periphery

RHN 56/2018 | Publication

Vicente Pinilla and Henry Willebald (eds.), Agricultural Development in the World Periphery. A Global Economic History Approach, Cham: Springer International Publishing / Palgrave Macmillan 2018.

This book brings together analysis on the conditions of agricultural sectors in countries and regions of the world’s peripheries, from a wide variety of international contributors. The contributors to this volume proffer an understanding of the processes of agricultural transformations and their interaction with the overall economies of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Looking at the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the onset of modern economic growth – the book studies the relationship between agriculture and other economic sectors, exploring the use of resources (land, labour, capital) and the influence of institutional and technological factors in the long-run performance of agricultural activities. Pinilla and Willebald challenge the notion that agriculture played a negligible role in promoting economic development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when the impulse towards industrialization in the developing world was more impactful.

Sources: Palgrave Macmillan and H-Rural