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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 838: Economic Innovation and Environmental Concerns in Late Medieval England: Papers in Honour of Richard Britnell and John Munro, IV

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Peter Larson, Department of History, University of Central Florida
Moderator/Chair:Simon J. Harris, Research Institute for the Humanities, Keele University
Paper 838-aThe Origins of Environmental Concerns: Rivers in Medieval England
(Language: English)
John Langdon, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta
Index terms: Economics - General, Technology
Paper 838-bSmall-Scale Technology and the Intensification of Peasant Agriculture in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Alex Sapoznik, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Social History, Technology
Paper 838-cThe Developing Dairy Industry in Late Medieval England: Environment, Economy, and Entrepreneurialization
(Language: English)
Jordan Claridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Sexuality, Technology

Economic historians are now paying greater attention to the effects of expansion and development on the environment itself. The new farming techniques and the increases in pastoral agriculture and meat consumption after the Black Death raise questions about the environmental impact of these changes. Rivers too were critical, powering mills, permitting transportation, or providing water for drinking and irrigation, and pollution or the modification of the direction or volume of flow had widespread consequences. This panel explores these topics and in particular investigates the entrepreneurs themselves, as this has implications both for the resources affected and the intensity of development.