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Coclanis, Peter A. (2005). Breaking New Ground: From the History of Agriculture to the History of Food Systems. Historical Methods, 38(1), 5-13.


The author makes the case for an integrated approach to the study of agricultural history, an approach that explicitly connects matters pertaining to agricultural production, broadly conceived, to those pertaining to agricultural input acquisition and to the distribution and consumption of agricultural output. Drawing heavily on the economic approach known as input-output analysis (associated with the Nobel Prize-winning economist Wassily Leontief, and adapted to agriculture by John H. Davis and Ray A. Goldberg), the author lays out his systems approach to agricultural history and provides examples and cases illustrating how it might be used.


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Historical Methods


Coclanis, Peter A.


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