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Stocks, seasons and sales
Food supply, storage and markets in Europe and the New World, c. 1600-2000

W. Ronsijn, N. Mignemi, L. Herment (eds.)
approx. 250 p., 30 b/w ill., 23 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58509-3
Languages: English
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This volume presents a long-term history of the tools for regulating the rhythms and the seasonal patterns of the agricultural production. The contributing authors adopt different approaches and investigate cases from England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Mexico. The focus on the stocks and flows of grains and other foodstuffs raises new questions combining economic, social, political, and environmental issues in the study of agricultural markets and food policies.

This book presents ten case-studies by eminent scholars dealing with food supply, storage and markets from c. 1600 to c. 2000. Together they present a long-term history of the tools for regulating the rhythms and the seasonal patterns of the agricultural production. How were the vast flows of staple food needed for metropolitan areas organised? What practical difficulties had to be overcome to preserve this food safely? Did people respond to price patterns in search for profit? Were governments successful in imposing regulation? In dealing with these issues, the contributing authors adopt different approaches and investigate cases from England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Mexico. The focus on the stocks and flows of grains and other foodstuffs raises new questions combining economic, social, political, and environmental issues in the study of agricultural markets and food policies.

• Wouter Ronsijn: postdoctoral researcher at the Bocconi University in Milan. He does historical research on social inequality and mobility, and focuses on rural history.
• Niccolò Mignemi: postdoctoral researcher, Equipe de recherches pour l’histoire du monde rural, CRH-EHESS
• Laurent Hermen: Chargé de recherche CNRS. UMR 8558 CRH-CNRS-EHESS.

Table of Contents

• Wouter Ronsijn and Niccolò Mignemi: Introduction
• Friederike Scholten: Landlords as Rational Investors? Grain Storage on Noble Manors in the Rhineland Area, 1650–1850
• Richard Hoyle: Prices and seasons in late seventeenth-century England
• Edmund Cannon & Liam Brunt: A case study of corn sales: Harston Manor’s corn book 1823-42
• Jonas Marian Albrecht: The Need for Wheat: The pre-industrial Expansion of Vienna’s Grain Supply, 1800-1840
• Pieter De Graef: Urban development and local food production. Ability and inability of feeding growing cities by urban agriculture, nineteenth-century industrialising Belgium
• Solène Rivoal: Between fearing shortage and stockpiling fresh fish: did the Venetian Republic have an environmental policy in the eighteenth century?
• Laurent Herment: The respiration of Paris’ catchment area in the nineteenth century: stocks and flows
• Gerard Béaur: Preventing subsistence crises: the State and Granaries of Abundance in Old Regime France
• Alain Chatriot: Storage and Financing of the French Wheat Market in the Inter-war Period
• Pablo Luna: Production and provisioning: the tumulto of 1692 in Mexico

Interest Classification:
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history

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