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Title: Continuity and change in agrarian organisation in north-west England 1100-1800
Author: Gregson, N.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3518 6480
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1984
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This thesis expiores two approaches to historicai peography in terms of their interpretations of the themes of continuity and change in agrarian organisation on specific estates in North-west Fngiand over the period 1100 to 1800. The approaches are identified with two separate philosophical traditions within historical geography: one is an approach which may be loosely associated with the positivist modei of explanation, the other can be linked to the marxian-humanist tradition. These perspectives frame the empirical content of the thesis. In Part One an evaiuation of the muitipie-estate modei of C. P. J. Jones is presented as an iiiustration of the use of the positivist model of explanation in historicai geography. Foiiowing a rigorous definition of this modei, two case studies are presented: in neither does the modei provide us with an adequate description of reaiity. This, together with (i) the probiems associater3 with positivism and (2) the type of historicai geography produced within such a framework, 'Leads to the abandonment of the muitipie estate modei as an adequate heuristic tcol. The approach adopted in Part '". wo emerges from the probiems discussed in Part One and from a consideration of phiiosophicai debate as conducted in human and historicai geography. Pesearch is restructured around the theme of the transition towards aararian capitaiism and reflects I-larxist debate over this issue and Istructurationist' concepts. The theoretical framework adopted is outlined in Chapter Three. In Chapters Four to Seven the evidence for the transition in North-west Fnpland is examined. The transition is show to involve (1) changes in the social structure framinp landlord - tenant relations and (2) the necessity of situatinp research within the context provided by the sociai structures of specific estates. Tn Chapter Eight both approaches are contrasted and evaluated in reiation to the themes of continuity and change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Geography