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Title: Pre-industrial society and economy, with particular reference to Scotland
Author: Whyte, Ian D.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3567 7124
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1989
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This thesis comprises one book and 36 articles and chapters on the theme of pre-industrial economic and social patterns in Britain, which have been published over a period of fourteen years. The articles are presented in chronological order to demonstrate the way in which the author's ideas have developed through time. The research focuses on Scotland between the sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries. One of the most important themes concerns the nature of Scottish agriculture in the early modern period, its technology and practices, its regional variations and the chronology of agrarian change and improvement. Other topics include rural settlement patterns, rural housing and the structure of rural society, patterns of debt and credit, landownership and estate management, land tenure and the condition of tenant farmers, marketing and trading, the effects of climatic change on agriculture, migration and population mobility, urbanization, urban occupational and social structures, and protoindustrialization. An important element of the study is the evaluation of a range of historical sources, including estate papers, commissary court testaments, and records relating to migration which have so far received little attention, in a Scottish context, from social and economic historians. In several of the articles the author's training, as a geographer, in techniques of statistical analysis has been used to develop new ways of exploring historical data and to frame new hypotheses relating to economic and social patterns. The thesis also includes review articles relating to Scottish historical geography, Scottish rural settlement and the contributions of historical geographers to medieval studies within Britain. Taken together this material represents a significant contribution to scholarship relating to early -modern Scotland. A recurring theme throughout the thesis is the way in which detailed research by the author has demonstrated that the society and economy of Scotland between the sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries was more complex, more developed, more varied regionally and less primitive than has been accepted in the past. The results of the research highlight many of the ways in which Scotland developed between the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Sc.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History