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Agriculture and the Great Depression: The Rural Crisis of the 1930s in Europe and the Americas

Gérard Béaur

What role did the agricultural sector play in the economic crash of 1929? Taking evidence from country cases across Europe and the Americas, this edited volume explores short-, medium- and long- term perspectives on the primary sector.

The monograph brings together the voices of an international panel of contributors who examine issues such as falling prices, industrial production, unemployment and the stagnation of aggregate demand. Together, they frame the interwar period as a pivotal turning point in the decline of subsistence agriculture and the growth of agricultural subsidies, which remain a key policy tool in many economies today.

This illuminating book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers in economic history, agricultural history, globalization and economic development.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jul 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.62in - 0.92lb
  • EAN: 9780367615529
  • Categories: Industries - AgribusinessInvestments & Securities - Commodities - GeneralEconomic History

About the Author

Gérard Béaur, CNRS & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

Francesco Chiapparino, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Dises (Dipartimento di scienze economiche e sociali), Ancona, Italy.

Praise for this book

"What [the book] elaborates and makes it worth using, are the differences between countries and, what I consider its main value,
the importance of the longer-term view. The interaction between the Great Depression and agriculture becomes clearer, better understood and seen by analysing it from a historical perspective -in this case from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Moreover, it applies the historical approach also to the development of agriculture itself and, therefore, it brings to the
forefront the role of the maturation of agriculture and its declining profitability, as well as its importance for the nation-state."

Anton Schuurman, Historia Agraria

"The book provides...both an extremely valuable contribution to the economic history of agriculture in the Great Depression and an invitation to social and cultural historians to shed more light on the experiences, the struggles and the perceptions of rural people trying to come to terms with the repercussions of the crisis on their livelihoods, and to global, comparative and transnational historians
to investigate the interconnections and currents on which the knowledge to combat the Great Depression traveled."

Juri Auderset, Neuere und Neueste Geschichte