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Author Mukherjee, Ayesha
Title Penury into plenty : dearth and the making of knowledge in early modern England / Ayesha Mukherjee
Imprint London : Routledge, 2015
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HC260.P6 M953 2015    AVAILABLE    30530001193325
Descript xv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-260) and index
"Penury into Plenty : Dearth and the Making of Knowledge in Early Modern England is an original examination of cultural meanings of dearth and famine in England at the turn of the sixteenth century. It focuses on the socio-economic and ecological crises of the 1590s, investigating the effects of widespread fears of famine on mundane activities and knowledge making by analyzing the remedial measures undertaken by the early modern English to illustrate their commitment to resource management. The activities, theories, and publications of the prolific 'dearth scientist' Sir Hugh Platt are considered alongside other forms of literature such as sermons, plays, poetry and prose fiction to explain not only what dearth or famine meant in the period, but how contemporaries understood sustainable resource management. By drawing upon environmental, economic, scientific, and literary history and theory, Penury into Plenty allows modern readers to see that sustainability is not a wholly modern concept and the investigation of cultural forms of ecological consciousness and social consequences of past environmental change is vital for understanding contemporary concerns"-- Provided by publisher
Introduction: The Problem of Dearth in Early Modern England -- Literatures of Dearth -- Dearth and Knowledge making -- Dearth Science, Sustainability, and the Economy of Manure -- Sustainable Households -- Trading in Dearth
Subject Poverty -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 16th century
Famines -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 16th century
England -- Intellectual life -- 16th century
Plat, Hugh, Sir, 1552-1608
Science -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 16th century
Poverty in literature
Famines in literature
Human ecology -- England -- History -- 16th century
Sustainability -- England -- History -- 16th century
England -- Environmental conditions
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