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Title: The market for farm labour in Scotland, 1900-1939
Author: Anthony, Richard F.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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The thesis outlines the major developments in the market for regular farm labour in lowland Scotland during the period 1900-1939. It offers a much needed contribution to the historiography of Scotland, where there is little secondary literature on twentieth-century rural Lowland history. In addition, it takes up many of the issues discussed by recent rural social historians, and incorporates a number of previously unused economic and sociological theories into historical analysis. The thesis can be split into two sections. The first section (chapters 2-4) looks at broad developments throughout lowland Scotland. Chapter two outlines the general economic history of Scottish farming, including land use, output, prices and government policy. Chapter three examines the position of regular farm labour, describing the patterns of employment and wages, and focusing on the changes that occurred in the macroeconomic balance of the labour market. It concludes that the depression of the 1930s was critical in transforming conditions which had remained in place since the early nineteenth century. Chapter four then proceeds to discuss the role of various institutions in the light of the patterns outlined in chapters two and three, concentrating on the Board/Department of Agriculture for Scotland, the National Farmers' Union of Scotland, and the Scottish Farm Servants' Union. The major areas where institutional intervention occurred are identified as being, collective bargaining and wage regulation, health and unemployment insurance, and housing. The second section of the thesis (chaptes 5-8) analyses patterns of behaviour at the microeconomic level within the locality.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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