The Field and the Forge: Population, Production, and Power in the Pre-Industrial West
Oxford University Press 453 pp £55
ISBN 0 19 9249 164
A thoughtful and wide-ranging account that ably integrates economic and political circumstances in order to assess the causes, extent and limitations of development in the pre-industrial West, this book was shortlisted for the History Today/Longman book prize. Landers focuses on the consequences of a reliance on organic sources of raw materials and energy, and on the need for geographical control in order to enjoy political power and to dispose of economic resources.
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