On the Road Again with Arthur Young: English, Irish, and French Agriculture during the Industrial Revolution

Robert (Bob) Allen, Cormac O. Grada

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Abstract

In their day Arthur Young’s tours of England, Ireland, and France represented a revolutionary approach to agricultural research. Here we avail of one part of the wealth of statistical data collected by Young—that on grain yields—to provide a comparative perspective on agricultural technique and progress in these countries around 1770 to 1850. We show that, ironically, Young’s carefully assembled data do not always support some of his best-remembered generalizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-116
Number of pages24
JournalThe Journal of Economic History
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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On the Road Again with Arthur Young : English, Irish, and French Agriculture during the Industrial Revolution. / Allen, Robert (Bob); Grada, Cormac O.

In: The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 48, No. 1, 01.01.1988, p. 93-116.

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