Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

Adapting to new markets : the income and expenditure of a Catalan peasant family, 1686 to 1812.

Marfany, Julie (2018) 'Adapting to new markets : the income and expenditure of a Catalan peasant family, 1686 to 1812.', Agricultural history review., 66 (1). pp. 18-42.

Abstract

Greater market involvement by households, as producers and consumers, has been a key factor in explanations of economic change, particularly the notion of an industrious revolution. The degree, nature and implications of market involvement, however, varied across households, depending on many factors such as the type of farming, size of holdings and demand for labour. Identifying market involvement in the sources is also not easy. This paper reflects on these questions through the study of a Catalan peasant household over the years 1686–1812. This family was able to take advantage of new markets by increasing sales of wool to the growing textile industry. Comparison with their hired labourers, however, suggests that such flexibility was often dependent upon landholdings, particularly where these enabled continued self-sufficiency in foodstuffs in an era of rising prices. Peasant accounts need to be read carefully, however, and may reveal as much about tradition as they do about innovation or changing mentalities.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
(199Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/bahs/agrev/2018/00000066/00000001/art00005
Date accepted:30 April 2018
Date deposited:24 August 2018
Date of first online publication:01 June 2018
Date first made open access:01 January 2021

Save or Share this output

Export:
Export
Look up in GoogleScholar