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till the frequent harnessing of desktop strength, foodstuff was once the strength which fuelled the economic climate. during this groundbreaking research of agricultural labourers' nutrition and fabric way of life, Craig Muldrew makes use of new empirical examine to offer a far fuller account of the interrelationship among intake, dwelling criteria and paintings within the early glossy English economic system than has formerly existed. The ebook integrates labourers right into a examine of the broader economic climate and engages with the historical past of nutrition as an power resource and its value to operating existence, the social complexity of relatives profits, and the concept that of the 'industrious revolution'. It argues that 'industriousness' used to be as a lot the results of ideology and labour markets as labourers' family intake. Linking this with principles in regards to the social order of early sleek England, the writer demonstrates that bread, beer and meat have been the petrol of this international, and a springboard for monetary change.

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