Agrarian individualism
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The concept agrarian individualism, coined by Marc Bloch, the leading French agrarian historian between the First World War and the Second [2], describes the endpoint of agricultural development after the early modern agricultural revolution. Agrarian individualism designates the abandonment of all collective forms of land cultivation in favor of unlimited individual use with full private ownership (Property). The preconditions of agrarian individualism were the enclosure of the common land and the abolition of all servitudes and other collective agricultural r…

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Kopsidis, Michael, “Agrarian individualism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016627>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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