The Economic History of Agriculture

Authored by: Giovanni Federico

Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415677042
eBook ISBN: 9780203075616
Adobe ISBN: 9781135121211


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In the last two centuries, world agriculture has succeeded in feeding a growing population (from about 1 billion in 1800 to more than 6 billion two centuries later) and in producing enough raw materials for industry, while using proportionally less land, capital, and labor. This chapter sketches out and tries to explain this outstanding performance.

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